Context: The U.S. budget deficits that have so alarmed people during the Obama years never reached as much as 9% of GDP.
With Athens recently alarmed by a half-dozen cases of West Nile virus, the attempt at humor went mostly unappreciated.
“Uncertain,” “inconclusive,” “probably”—one would be alarmed to read such nervous gossip in a hack showbiz biog.
“We should not be surprised by or alarmed at the fact that the Loya Jirga is going to examine this agreement,” he said.
And even beyond all the dead and wounded, Jouma found myriad causes for a doctor to be alarmed.
“The captain and Mr Briscoe think there is nothing to be alarmed about,” was the reply.
True; but you shall judge whether I have not reason to be alarmed.
But young Ibsen was not a favorite even with the girls, whom he alarmed and disconcerted.
He was alarmed, for he connected it with the silence of the war-party outside.
His servant was alarmed by startling screams, entered his room, and found his master in fearful convulsions.
early 14c., from Old French alarme (14c.), from Italian all'arme "to arms!" (literally "to the arms"). An interjection that came to be used as the word for the call or warning (cf. alert). Extended 16c. to "any sound to warn of danger or to arouse." Weakened sense of "apprehension, unease" is from 1833. Variant alarum is due to the rolling -r- in the vocalized form. Sometimes in early years anglicized as all-arm. Alarm clock is attested from 1690s (as A Larum clock).
a particular quivering sound of the silver trumpets to give warning to the Hebrews on their journey through the wilderness (Num. 10:5, 6), a call to arms, or a war-note (Jer. 4:19; 49:2; Zeph. 1:16).