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.

Other Words from alarming

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

Examples of alarming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Veterinary clinics across the United States are reporting an alarming rise in Lyme disease. Laxmi Corp, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 July 2022 The alarming discovery comes amid a continued rise in ocean temperatures, a trend that scientists say is overwhelmingly due to planet-warming fossil fuel emissions. Heather Chen, CNN, 24 June 2022 The alarming discovery comes as the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been detected in wild birds in Massachusetts and across the U.S. Alexandra Schonfeld,, 22 June 2022 This alarming rise in violent crime is due to a lack of leadership by County Executive Ball. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 The Cancún area has seen an alarming rise in killings, driven by demand for narcotics by tourists. José De Córdoba And David Luhnow, WSJ, 18 Apr. 2022 Although the number of new diagnoses has begun to decline, the overall number of Americans with diabetes has doubled in the past two decades, an increase that mirrors the alarming rise of obesity, which affects more than 42 percent of adults. New York Times, 3 Apr. 2022 The 40 traffic fatalities in the nation’s capital last year were the most since 2007, fueled by what authorities say is a proliferation of unsafe driving during the coronavirus pandemic that reflects an alarming rise in traffic deaths nationwide. Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2022 Starring Noomi Rapace, Hilmir Snær Guðnason and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, the supernatural drama follows a childless couple in rural Iceland who make an alarming discovery in their sheep barn. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Alarming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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