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

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And that’s what makes these Republican moves so alarming. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Wisconsin power grab is part of a bigger Republican attack on democracy," 6 Dec. 2018 The situation looked so alarming that the public health authorities of England and the European Union rushed out urgent bulletins, warning hospitals to look for the arrival of the bug. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast," 13 July 2018 In an increasingly alarming and common scam, identity thieves use your personal data to file fake returns claiming fraudulent refunds. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner,, "Avoid growing tax fraud problem by being aware of common scams," 31 Jan. 2018 Thieves are stealing firearms in Kansas City at an alarming and rising rate, new numbers show. Joe Robertson, kansascity, "Epidemic of stolen guns hits record high in Kansas City | The Kansas City Star," 28 Jan. 2018 These fungal species are known for causing corrosion, which could be alarming considering the thin metal walls protecting the astronauts from the vacuum of space. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Found Loads of Bacteria and Fungi on the ISS," 8 Apr. 2019 But a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics highlights an additional dimension to this alarming trend: There’s a more dramatic rise in the number of girls and women taking their own lives than boys and men. Sarah Klein,, "Women's Suicide Rates Are Increasing Faster Than Men's. We Asked Experts Why," 14 June 2018 The study points to an alarming increase in new cases of the condition, also known locally as Bairnsdale ulcer, or Daintree ulcer. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "Flesh-eating ulcer spreading in Australia and reasons remain a mystery," 16 Apr. 2018 The findings are especially alarming because, over the past 2 decades, some fishing boats have become more fuel efficient and buyouts of excess fishing vessels have decreased competition and distances traveled. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Our growing taste for shrimp is bad news for climate change," 2 Apr. 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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