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

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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 This is useful as a precursor to later examples of congressional alarmism; Charlie also gleans tactical advice from the proceedings. Janet Maslin, New York Times, "Jake Tapper’s ‘Hellfire Club’ Takes Us Back to McCarthy-Era America," 21 Apr. 2018 Think Chicken Little, minus the alarmism, plus a lot more math. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "All The Places Tiangong-1 Won’t Land (And Where It Still Might)," 30 Mar. 2018 The internet of the 1990s was a perfect canvas for alarmism: hard to define, easy to misunderstand, growing rapidly but not yet vital or even familiar to those most inclined to worry about it. John Herrman, New York Times, "The Return of the Techno-Moral Panic," 5 Dec. 2017 Some responses to Wallace-Wells’ piece have decried its alarmism and despair. Tommy Lynch, Slate Magazine, "Why Hope Is Dangerous When It Comes to Climate Change," 25 July 2017 Already, experts on media and kids are cautioning against alarmism, using this as a teachable moment. Lisa Guernsey, Slate Magazine, "Smartphones are linked to problems, but they haven’t “destroyed a generation.”," 10 Aug. 2017

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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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