alarming

adjective
alarm·​ing | \ə-ˈlär-miŋ \

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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Republicans and Democrats in Washington said the allegations described by the AP were alarming, and Virginia’s governor on Thursday ordered state officials to investigate the abuse claims. Washington Post, "Hope, despair in poetry by immigrant children in US lockup," 22 June 2018 Most alarming for Brooks, though, is Howard’s uncanny ability to blow up his head coaches. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "2018 NBA Free Agency: The Early Winners And Losers," 5 July 2018 The growth in use is large and alarming, and provides its own explanation as to why Denmark has been chosen as a site for the expansion of such facilities. Feargus O'sullivan, WIRED, "Denmark's Carbon Footprint Is Set to Balloon—Blame Big Tech," 26 June 2018 But more alarming to researchers than the discovery is the possible cause of the species’ decline. Eli Meixler, Time, "An Ancient Chinese Tomb Reveals an Extinct Species of Gibbon, and a Warning," 22 June 2018 Republicans and Democrats in Washington said the allegations described by the AP were alarming, and Virginia's governor on Thursday ordered state officials to investigate the abuse claims. CBS News, "Some young immigrants at detention center cope through poetry," 22 June 2018 Stewart launched his Senate campaign after surprising -- and alarming -- national Republicans by winning 42.5% in last year's gubernatorial primary against former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie. Eric Bradner, CNN, "Corey Stewart, Confederate symbols defender, wins GOP nomination in Virginia Senate race," 12 June 2018 Even more alarming to Kazazi was that the receipt the agents handed to him did not list the dollar value of his cash. Christopher Ingraham, ajc, "64-year-old put his life savings in his carry-on. U.S. Customs took it," 31 May 2018 More alarming, some media outlets publish these same fake stories… stories that just aren’t true, without checking facts first. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "The Scourge of Trumpism in Conservative Journalism," 14 May 2018

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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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