And on the edges of evangelicalism, where alertness to “New Age” influence runs high, concern has bloomed into outrage.
There was a fox-like cunning in the face and the sharp little eyes, and also alertness and malice.
When we arrived in the Severn, we found the shore and water full of alertness.
Janet was always galvanized into alertness here, Faber Street being no place to dream.
Every household is in a constant state of alertness, of defense.
There was that about him which gave evidence of alertness and courage of the highest order.
The alertness of his face and the prompt decision of his speech suited the subject.
They make a great display of activity and alertness, said Pennington, with disdain.
He bustled about with an alertness that seemed to be prepared for anything that might happen.
There was swiftness of action, alertness of mind, and with these a complete absence of hurry or confusion.
"on the watch," 1590s, from French alerte "vigilant" (17c.), from phrase à l'erte "on the watch," from Italian all'erta "to the height," from erta "lookout, high tower," noun use of fem. of erto, past participle of ergere "raise up," from Latin erigere "raise" (see erect). The adjective is attested from 1610s, the noun from 1803, and the verb from 1868. Related: Alerted; alerting.