alarm·​ism | \ ə-ˈlär-ˌmi-zəm How to pronounce alarmism (audio) \

Definition of alarmism

: the often unwarranted exciting of fears or warning of danger

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alarmist \ ə-​ˈlär-​mist How to pronounce alarmist (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of alarmism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For parents eager to counter environmental alarmism, here is a true story of adaptation and hope. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: The Island Girl & the Royal Plot," 21 June 2019 There was no conspiracy theory too strange for the staff of The Epoch Times Germany to believe, Albrecht found: chemtrail alarmism, Pizzagate, and discredited tales of children murdered by refugees all found a purchase on its pages. Seth Hettena, The New Republic, "The Obscure Newspaper Fueling the Far-Right in Europe," 17 Sep. 2019 In some ways, this is healthy since deficit alarmism was never a good idea. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Thursday’s budget deal proves once again Republicans never cared about the deficit," 1 Aug. 2019 O’Rourke has staked his campaign on a contrast with President Donald Trump’s alarmism about border security, migrants and refugees. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Did Beto O'Rourke make the right call by skipping the Iowa State Fair after El Paso massacre?," 9 Aug. 2019 The overall tone, of course, was cable-news alarmism, but the debates also resembled those celebrity-packed, prime-time game shows that litter the schedule all summer. Washington Post, "Can we get past the idea that politics is a reality show? Not if CNN has anything to do with it.," 2 Aug. 2019 Getting this right will help take away from the authoritarians one of their most potent rhetorical weapons: immigration alarmism. David A. Martin, Vox, "How to fix the crisis caused by Central American asylum seekers — humanely," 2 July 2018 Are those questioning the alarmism on global warming also part of what makes us strong? Alex Kingsbury,, "‘Post-truth,’ the ultimate form of cynicism," 18 May 2018 The longest of these forewords, from cardiologist Vidya S. Kaushik, comes with hearty dose of alarmism. Mayukh Sen, Bon Appetit, "In Search of Fatima Lakhani, Whose Cookbook Changed the Way My Family Ate," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of alarmism

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alarmism was in 1842

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27 Nov 2019

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“Alarmism.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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