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[uh-lahr-ming] /əˈlɑr mɪŋ/
causing alarm or fear:
an alarming case of pneumonia; an alarming lack of respect.
Origin of alarming
First recorded in 1670-80; alarm + -ing2
Related forms
alarmingly, adverb
unalarming, adjective
unalarmingly, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • However, we were all confronted with an alarmingly solemn document.

    Three Comedies Bjrnstjerne M. Bjrnson
  • The dinners in Martin Street were alarmingly in want of fresh blood.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • When this prophecy proved to be alarmingly true, a drastic method was adopted to save the Bourbons.

  • There was a terrible intimacy in the affair; it was alarmingly personal.

    Buying a Horse William Dean Howells
  • She went butting at him, her voice raised to a shriek, her nails out, alarmingly near to his face.

Word Origin and History for alarmingly

1787, from alarming, present participle adjective from alarm (v.), + -ly (2).

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