But what the papers told him was alarming: that Britain is sliding towards an entirely new kind of surveillance society.
He could mimic printed text with alarming accuracy and dissociate the shapes and lines from their inherent meanings.
As alarming as parents might find those results, Dr. Temple cautions against jumping to any drastic conclusions.
The biggest concern appears to be the gap between rich and poor, which over the past decade has grown to alarming proportions.
But at 93 percent, the most alarming number is also the most dangerous: driving.
Meanwhile the duck was stretched to an alarming length between them.
Josephine's excitement and alternations of hope and fear were now alarming.
But she was attacked at once with grave and alarming symptoms, that betokened a fatal end to her malady.
Their alarming state of affairs at the close of the year 1757.
And finally, there was a cut-and-thrust sword of alarming dimensions.
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).