\ 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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Ahmad Martadha Mohamad, a professor at University Utara Malaysia, said there is little reason for Mr. Mahathir’s government to be too alarmed. James Hookway, WSJ, "Thousands of Malaysians Rally to Defend Race-Based Policies," 8 Dec. 2018 As time went on, Oxenberg grew skeptical, and eventually alarmed, by ESP's parent company, NXIVM. Good Housekeeping, "Actress Catherine Oxenberg Opens Up About the Secretive Group She Claims Brainwashed Her Daughter," 6 Aug. 2018 Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte passed his first parliamentary hurdle, but alarmed markets with a maiden speech pledging a raft of populist measures from boosting spending on the poor and the jobless to sweeping tax cuts. John Follain,, "Italy’s New Premier Passes First Hurdle," 5 June 2018 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,, "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

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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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