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 alarmism (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of alarmism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fauci’s political dispositions shape his alarmism and discredited him with a large swath of the country that any viable public-health strategy has to be able to reach. The Editors, National Review, 18 Jan. 2022 That same political and media establishment has steadfastly refused to take on board the magnitude of the threat, claiming that the only people qualified to fully comprehend issue are indulging in alarmism. David Vetter, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Biden’s alarmism has nonetheless opened him up to criticism — from some democracy watchers concerned about eroding public trust in institutions and, less surprisingly, Republicans. Eli Stokols, Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 Right now, notwithstanding the alarmism in some quarters in the press, the U.S. and its allies hold most of the important cards. George Calhoun, Forbes, 23 Oct. 2021 Why then is there so much alarmism on this subject? George Calhoun, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 The more reasonable way of looking at federal, state and city subsidization of electric vehicles is to say that well before anyone had ever heard of Musk, politicians started to buy into all the alarmism about a warming planet. John Tamny, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 Is this angst merely economic alarmism, or a fear grounded in facts? Joseph W. Sullivan, National Review, 22 Oct. 2021 Except that New Zealand and North Sentinel Island are ultimately distractions, as are the various statistical wars that support an end to all the mindless alarmism. John Tamny, Forbes, 19 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of alarmism

1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Alarmism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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