alarm·ing | \ə-ˈlär-miŋ \

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

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The band has had its gear stolen, almost broken up on stage, and watched members come and go at an alarming rate. Terence Cawley,, "With Quiet Slang, a lifelong punk turns down the volume," 4 July 2018 The Dead Sea, dropping at an alarming rate of more than 3 feet every year, has lost one of the world’s most complex and vibrant ecosystems. Shira Rubin, USA TODAY, "The Middle East's first natural history museum is designed like Noah's Ark," 29 June 2018 More than 6 million people in the United States suffer from various types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and those numbers are growing at an alarming rate., "AARP invests $60M to fund research for cures to dementia and Alzheimer's," 25 June 2018 The group of 66,000 pediatric specialists has designated Thursday as ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day, in an attempt to curb gun injuries and deaths, which happen at an alarming rate in the United States. Heidi Stevens,, "Before summer playdates, ask if there are unlocked guns, pediatricians recommend," 20 June 2018 The alarming rate at which the coast is eroding means that the state is able to capitalize on one of its greatest threats. Sara Sneath,, "As Louisiana's coast washes away, state cashing in on disputed oil and gas rights," 31 May 2018 Then, the country was reeling from a stockmarket crash, suffering from capital outflows and accumulating debt at an alarming rate. The Economist, "After a good run of growth, China’s economy braces for bumps," 17 Apr. 2018 Trump's opposition is alarming Northeastern Republicans such as Rep. Peter King of New York, who lobbied Trump on the project at a St. Patrick's luncheon in the Capitol last week. Andrew Taylor,, "Border wall holds up $1.3 trillion U.S. spending bill with Friday deadline," 20 Mar. 2018 Trump’s opposition is alarming Northeastern Republicans such as Peter King, a House member from New York who lobbied Trump on the project at a St. Patrick’s luncheon in the Capitol on Thursday. Washington Post, "Democrats reject immigration deal as budget deadline nears," 19 Mar. 2018

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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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