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alarm

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of alarm

  1. 1 suspicion or fear of future harm or misfortune <observed with alarm the man staggering toward the edge of the cliff> Synonyms apprehension (also alarum), apprehensiveness, dread, foreboding, misgivingRelated Words agitation, anxiety, anxiousness, concern, disquiet, disquietude, distress, disturbance, fearfulness, funk, perturbation, solicitude, suspense, unease, uneasiness; scruple, worry; doubt, incertitude, mistrust, suspiciousness, uncertainty, wariness; defeatism, pessimism; foreknowledge, premonition, presage, presentimentNear Antonyms anticipation, excitement, hope, hopefulness; confidence, optimism, sanguinity

  2. 2 the act or an instance of telling beforehand of danger or risk <in a daring midnight ride Paul Revere gave the alarm that British troops were approaching> Synonyms admonishment, admonition, warning (also alarum), alert, caution, forewarning, heads-up, noticeRelated Words auguring, augury, forecasting, foretelling, predicting, prediction, premonition, presaging, prognosticating, prophecy (also prophesy), prophesying; apprising, informing, notification, notifying, tip-off; advice, counsel, guidance, recommendation, suggestion, tip; announcement, declaration

  3. 3 the emotion experienced in the presence or threat of danger <filled with alarm when the flood waters reached their front steps> Synonyms fear (also alarum), anxiety, dread, fearfulness, fright, horror, panic, scare, terror, trepidationRelated Words phobia; creeps, jitters, nervousness, willies; pang, qualm, twinge; agitation, apprehension, consternation, discomposure, disquiet, funk, perturbation; concern, dismay, worry; cowardice, faintheartedness, timidity, timorousnessNear Antonyms aplomb, assurance, boldness, confidence, self-assurance, self-confidence; bravery, courage, courageousness, daring, dauntlessness, doughtiness, fearlessness, fortitude, gallantry, hardihood, intrepidity, intrepidness, stoutness, valor; audacity, guts, nerve



Variants of alarm

also alarum

alarm

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of alarm

  1. 1 to strike with fear <I don't want to alarm you, but I think you should know there's a bear on your back porch> Synonyms affright, frighten (also alarum), fright, horrify, panic, scare, scarify, shock, spook, startle, terrify, terrorizeRelated Words appall (also appal), bowl over, dismay, floor, jolt, shake, shake up; amaze, astound, awe; chill, daunt, demoralize, dispirit, emasculate, psych (out), undo, unman, unnerve, unstring; discomfort, discompose, disconcert, disquiet, distract, distress, disturb, perturb, unsettle, upset, worryNear Antonyms assure, cheer, comfort, console, solace, soothe; embolden, encourage, hearten, inspire, steelAntonyms reassure

  2. 2 to trouble the mind of; to make uneasy <alarmed at the skyrocketing cost of home heating fuel> Synonyms agitate, ail, disturb (also alarum), bother, concern, derail, discomfort, discompose, dismay, disquiet, distemper, distract, distress, exercise, flurry, frazzle, freak (out), fuss, hagride, perturb, undo, unhinge, unsettle, upset, weird out, worryRelated Words aggravate, anger, annoy, bug, chafe, chivy (or chivvy), exasperate, fret, gall, get, grate, harass, harry, irk, irritate, nettle, peeve, pester, pique, put off, put out, rile, vex; bedevil, haunt, plague; abash, confound, confuse, discomfit, disconcert, discountenance, embarrass, faze, fluster, jar, mortify, nonplus, rattle, shake up; daunt, demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dispirit, unnerveNear Antonyms allay, alleviate, assuage; appease, conciliate, mollify, pacify, placate, propitiateAntonyms calm, compose, quiet, settle, soothe, tranquilize (also tranquillize)



Variants of alarm

also alarum


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