alarming

adjective alarm·ing \ ə-ˈlär-miŋ \
Updated on: 9 Jan 2018

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.

alarmingly

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

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Origin and Etymology of alarming

from present participle of 2alarm



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