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Alarmist

Posted by Administrator (admin) on 9th February, 2010
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A person who needlessly alarms or attempts to alarm others, as by inventing or spreading false or exaggerated rumors of impending danger or catastrophe.

Alarmism is the production of needless warnings, often with the objective of influencing public opinion through inducing mass hysteria. The term as an adjective is usually used in a negative manner, to express disapproval of alarmed opinion or in an otherwise dismissive context. Many issues have, rightly or wrongly, been presented as "alarmist". Some prominent issues that have either been presented in an alarmist manner or otherwise described as "alarmist" include glogal warming and its effects.

In the climate debate, supporters of the AGW-hypothesis are sometimes referred to as alarmists, by the skeptics/realists.

Last changed: 9th February, 2010 at 19:14:37

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