Definition of alarming in English:


Syllabification: a·larm·ing
Pronunciation: /əˈlärmiNG


Worrying or disturbing: our countryside is disappearing at an alarming rate
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  • On the surface, the report could appear alarming.
  • The identities of the hijackers were provided by the FBI with alarming speed, some almost immediately.
  • I found the whole programme extremely interesting in some ways, yet alarming in others.



the water swirls alarmingly [as submodifier]: an alarmingly high rate
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  • In fact jugglers were alarmingly popular and Thatcher provoked more anger and distress than amusement.
  • Broadwater has seen some dreadful tracks this season with some alarmingly low scores to accompany them.
  • Right down to minute aspects, these characters were all alarmingly similar.

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