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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No matter the cause, always seek emergency care if your ability to breathe is compromised in an alarming way. 2. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "When to Go to Urgent Care Vs. the ER," 16 Feb. 2019 One of those changes has been brought to the fore in an alarming study published in the journal Biological Conservation, which claims that more than 40 percent of the world’s insect species could go extinct in the next three decades. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "The Staggering Worldwide Decline of Insects Is a Warning of Ecosystem Collapse," 13 Feb. 2019 What was really alarming is that these changes occurred rapidly, within the first three months of beginning the treatment. Ronald S. Litman,, "Unintended consequences of taking prescription medicines," 20 June 2018 Most alarming for Republicans was Representative Robert Pittenger’s defeat in North Carolina, which may cost them a seat in the general election. Alex Burns,, "6 Takeaways From Tuesday’s Primary Elections," 10 May 2018 The leaguewide success stands in deep contrast to a year ago, when the league was riddled with an alarming number of quarterback problems. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Behind the NFL’s Highest-Ever Scoring Season," 10 Oct. 2018 As Chicago’s crime rates live up to their national notoriety, a closer look at the problem reveals an alarming number of minors are being shot or killed in the crossfire. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Chicago's children caught in the crossfire: Alarming number of minors shot or killed in violence-plagued city," 31 Aug. 2018 Climate change is causing the oceans to warm at an alarming rate, but new research finds that not all the water in the oceans is actually getting warmer. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "One Part of the Ocean Is Getting Colder, Thanks to Medieval Climate Change," 7 Jan. 2019 In the report, Longfield argues that parents are exposing their children’s data at an alarming rate. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Big tech has your kid’s data — and you probably gave it to them," 5 Dec. 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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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