alarming

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adjective alarm·ing \ə-ˈlär-miŋ\

Definition of alarming

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of alarming

from present participle of 2alarm


First Known Use: 1658



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