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

Examples of alarming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In prisons, linked to six of the top 25 rural county outbreaks, the coronavirus pinballs through close living quarters, sickening inmates with alarming efficiency and infecting some guards, who act as a bridge to the world outside. Washington Post, "A deadly ‘checkerboard’: Covid-19′s new surge across rural America," 24 May 2020 In recent weeks, there have been alarming headlines about a severe inflammatory syndrome in children associated with COVID-19. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, "What Parents Should Know About Coronavirus as Kids Return to Babysitters, Day Cares and Camps," 23 May 2020 But in California, 246,115 people filed for unemployment — an increase of 15.7% week over week and an alarming reversal of a downward trend in job losses. Anna Buchmann,, "Bay Briefing: Why has protective gear been so hard to get?," 22 May 2020 If true, this would appear to expose an alarming national defense vulnerability. Keith Kloor, Wired, "Will the New York Times Ever Stop Reporting on UFOs?," 17 May 2020 The main reasons for these alarming forecasts are above-normal temperatures in the tropical development region of the Atlantic Ocean and cooling waters in the tropical Pacific, indicative of a possible La Niña forming by fall. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "A tropical weather system is developing near Florida. Is this a sign of a busy season ahead?," 15 May 2020 The Pacers led by nine in the first half, only to turn over the ball with alarming frequency in the second half while Michael Jordan took over the game. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "How Pacers pushed Michael Jordan, Bulls to the brink in 1998: 'They saw the fear in Chicago's eyes.'," 15 May 2020 Robert Pattinson gave an interview for the ages in GQ, but perhaps the most alarming detail of all is how the actor makes pasta. TheWeek, "Robert Pattinson dreams of inventing 'a pasta which you can hold in your hand'," 12 May 2020 This was classic Trump: oblivious, insistent, alarming. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "After the Handshake," 11 May 2020

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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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27 May 2020

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“Alarming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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