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

Definition of alarmism

: the often unwarranted exciting of fears or warning of danger

Other Words from alarmism

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

Examples of alarmism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Therein lies the problem: Covid alarmism could prove politically damaging, and might even lead more Americans to completely tune out the administration’s public-health guidance. Lev Facher, STAT, 23 June 2022 In the weeks leading up to Russia's invasion on Feb. 24, Zelensky asked Biden to tone down the alarmism to avoid destabilizing Ukraine's economy. Grayson Quay, The Week, 11 June 2022 Biden does not want to admit that his woke-progressive climate alarmism, which echoes Western Europe’s, has shackled U.S. energy production, such that there is no presently available American alternative to turn to if Russia retaliates. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 28 Feb. 2022 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 See More

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First Known Use of alarmism

1842, in the meaning defined above

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4 Jul 2022

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“Alarmism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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