Definition of alarming
- alarming news
- The statistics revealed an alarming increase in childhood obesity.
- an alarmingly high rate of infection
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dire, direful, dread, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, forbidding, formidable, frightening, frightful, ghastly, hair-raising, horrendous, horrible, horrifying, intimidating, redoubtable, scary, shocking, terrible, terrifying;
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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