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 This is alarming, as over 40% of the unemployed have been out of work for over six months (a rate unseen in over half a century, except for the Great Recession). Sarah Damaske, Time, 7 July 2021 Giving police the ability to monitor public discussions critical of policing is alarming to many privacy groups. Sidney Fussell, Wired, 6 July 2021 The recall drive has been fueled by anger over the restrictions Newsom put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19 throughout last year and during an alarming surge in cases in California during the winter holiday months. Paul Leblanc And Stella Chan, CNN, 29 June 2021 Brazil is bearing the brunt of an alarming surge in Covid-19 cases, with fatalities reaching more than 4,000 in a single day on Tuesday and hospitals stretched to breaking point. NBC News, 7 Apr. 2021 As the alarming surge in COVID-19 cases persists, L.A. County public health officials suspend outdoor dining at restaurants as of Wednesday, Nov. 25. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2021 While the Trump problem is bigger than the uprising in the Capitol, McConnell sees his statements that day as alarming. Fred Barnes, Washington Examiner, 18 Feb. 2021 For a university to intrude struck others as alarming. New York Times, 14 Feb. 2021 Scots, the alarming competitiveness of Men in Kilts, clans, feuds, flora, fauna, with a healthy sprinkling of embarrassing personal reminiscences thrown in. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 29 June 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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15 Jul 2021

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“Alarming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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