alarmed

adjective
\ ə-ˈlärmd \

Definition of alarmed 

1 : feeling a sense of danger : urgently worried, concerned, or frightened I was alarmed to see how sick she looked. And what followed was not a miracle but a … model of how tough government, cooperative businessmen and a very alarmed public can make a dirty world clean again. —William Oscar Johnson

2 : equipped with an alarm an alarmed door Most exits were locked and alarmed, and employees had to show ID badges when they entered lab buildings. —Jennifer Nagorka

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The Facebook post makes no mention of Archer's efforts to kill the 13th check practice, alarmed that excess earnings were going to retirees and active employees rather than being reinvested. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Kwame Kilpatrick: Detroit bankruptcy wasn't my fault," 15 June 2018 Schuster was stunned by the request — and a little bit alarmed by the quick turnaround. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fire hydrants custom painted by city worker coming to Milwaukee Bucks arena district," 25 June 2018 Talks in Brussels last week left EU leaders alarmed and fearful that Britain is heading toward a damaging rupture with the bloc. Andrew Atkinson, Bloomberg.com, "Pressure Grows on May Before Key Brexit Gathering," 1 July 2018 Some might wonder why there is no manual or dual-clutch option, but don't be alarmed or complain; the ZF 'box is probably the best automatic gearbox available today and will change gears in less than 100 milliseconds. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti: A sports sedan for people who want to drive," 6 Apr. 2018 Alas, there is apparently some other, mysterious distinction between Bolton and Ellison that makes Stephens far more alarmed by the idea of the latter leading the DNC, than by that of the former commanding the National Security Council. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "John Bolton and The Anti-Muslim Bigotry of Mainstream Conservatism," 27 Mar. 2018 Imagine if the alarmed staffers were to leave en masse tomorrow. Jay Willis, GQ, "White House Leaks Are Patriotic," 21 Mar. 2018 Residents became alarmed about water contamination after recent media reports of traces of firefighting chemicals were found in the underground water at the Air Force base in 2014 and 2017. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Brevard County schools to test drinking water at 13 campuses for chemical contamination," 3 July 2018 Bernard, increasingly alarmed, kills Dolores with a shot to the head. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 10: What Is Real?," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of alarmed

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alarmed

from past participle of alarm entry 2

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