alarm·​ing | \ ə-ˈlär-miŋ How to pronounce alarming (audio) \

Definition of alarming

: causing people to feel danger or alarm or to be worried or frightened alarming news The statistics revealed an alarming increase in childhood obesity.

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alarmingly \ ə-​ˈlär-​miŋ-​lē \ adverb
an alarmingly high rate of infection

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This is alarming enough, but these moves also raise an unusual question: Who, exactly, is telling the U.S. military what to do here? Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Who Is Actually Running the U.S. Military’s Iran Efforts?," 18 June 2019 But most alarming, the researchers said, was a 21 percent rise in boys aged 15-19 dying by suicide in 2017 from the year before. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Suicide rates among young people reach their highest level since 2000," 18 June 2019 Without a doubt, the events are upsetting and alarming, especially with so many unanswered questions swirling around the deaths. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Is it safe to travel to the Dominican Republic?," 13 June 2019 Without a doubt, the events are upsetting and alarming, especially with so many unanswered questions swirling around the deaths. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Is it safe to travel to the Dominican Republic?," 12 June 2019 More alarming, counties, cities and villages have even less money than the state to take care of their bridges. Kristi Tanner,, "FREE PRESS INVESTIGATION Try living and working near these terrible bridges in Michigan," 7 June 2019 This alarming, clanging moment is followed by many hands reaching in to free the character before her father comes in close with a hugging embrace and a frantic call to action. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare," 30 May 2019 But the lack of affordable homes may also have deeper, more alarming consequences. Emily Deruy, The Mercury News, "San Jose: Council members want to study if housing a factor in rise in sexual assault reports," 21 June 2019 That’s actually on the conservative end of other, more alarming estimates. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Bitcoin's Climate Impact Is Global. The Cures Are Local.," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of alarming

1658, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alarming

from present participle of alarm entry 2

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