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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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 Adding to concerns is the recent alarming rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes arising from the fighting in the Middle East between Hamas and Israel. Dean Obeidallah, CNN, 23 May 2021 India also adjoins Bangladesh, where there has also been an alarming rise in cases, and Myanmar, which in turn borders Laos and Thailand. Time, 14 May 2021 For weeks, New Yorkers have witnessed the alarming rise of a homegrown variant of the coronavirus that has kept the number of cases in the city stubbornly high. Apoorva Mandavilli, New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 But even at that time, COVID-19 cases were still at an alarming level, and Abbott was resisting calls to implement stricter preventative measures. Victoria Albert, CBS News, 11 Mar. 2021 Louisiana has now reached this alarming level of hospitalizations in each of the country’s three surges to date. The Covid Tracking Project, The Atlantic, 17 Dec. 2020 A day earlier, an even larger group of lawmakers and other guests were on hand to witness Biden sign legislation to counter an alarming spike in crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders., 22 May 2021 But the alarming spike is a relatively new phenomenon there. Morgan Winsor And Erin Schumaker, ABC News, 12 May 2021 Kennedy said the pandemic has triggered an alarming spike in violent crime, meaning police need every tool available. Sidney Fussell, Wired, 3 May 2021

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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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The first known use of alarming was in 1658

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9 Jun 2021

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“Alarming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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