alarming


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a·larm

 (ə-lärm′)
n.
1. Sudden fear or concern caused by the realization of danger or an impending setback. See Synonyms at fear.
2. A warning of existing or approaching danger: The committee's report issued an alarm about the dangerous condition of the town's buildings.
3. A device that is used to warn of danger by means of a sound or signal: a fire alarm.
4. The sounding mechanism of an alarm clock: The alarm went off at 6:30.
5. A call to arms.
tr.v. a·larmed, a·larm·ing, a·larms
1. To fill with alarm or anxious concern. See Synonyms at frighten.
2. To give warning to: "The soldiers ... killed every dog within three miles to prevent a bark that would alarm the enemy" (William Least Heat-Moon).
3. To equip with or protect by an alarm: The dormitory doors are alarmed from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am.

[Middle English, from Old French alarme, from Old Italian allarme, from all'arme, to arms : alla, to the (from Latin ad illa : ad, to; see ad- + illa, neuter pl. of ille, that, the; see al- in Indo-European roots) + arme, arms (from Latin arma; see ar- in Indo-European roots).]

a·larm′ing·ly adv.

a•larm•ing

(əˈlɑr mɪŋ)

adj.
causing fear, distress, or agitation; frightening; disturbing.
[1670–80]
a•larm′ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger
unalarming - not alarming; assuaging alarm

alarming

Translations
مُفْزِعمُفْزِع، مُرْعِب
znepokojivýznepokojující
alarmerende
hälyttävä
uznemirujući
ógnvekjandi
警戒心をいだかせる
놀라운
oroväckande
ซึ่งน่าตกใจ
đáng ngại

alarming

[əˈlɑːmɪŋ] ADJalarmante

alarming

[əˈlɑːrmɪŋ] adj [rate, increase] → alarmant(e); [report] → alarmant(e)

alarming

adj (= worrying)beunruhigend; (= frightening)erschreckend; newsalarmierend

alarming

[əˈlɑːmɪŋ] adjallarmante, preoccupante

alarm

(əˈlaːm) noun
1. sudden fear. We did not share her alarm at the suggestion.
2. something that gives warning of danger, attracts attention etc. Sound the alarm!; a fire-alarm; (also adjective) an alarm clock.
verb
to make (someone) afraid. The least sound alarms the old lady.
aˈlarming adjective
disturbing or causing fear. alarming news.
aˈlarmingly adverb

alarming

مُفْزِع znepokojivý alarmerende beunruhigend ανησυχητικός alarmante hälyttävä alarmant uznemirujući allarmante 警戒心をいだかせる 놀라운 alarmerend urovekkende zatrważający alarmante тревожный oroväckande ซึ่งน่าตกใจ ürkütücü đáng ngại 令人担忧

alarming

a. alarmante, inquietante, desesperante; sorprendente.
References in classic literature ?
Laurence looked so alarming and spoke so sharply that Jo would have gladly run away, if she could, but she was perched aloft on the steps, and he stood at the foot, a lion in the path, so she had to stay and brave it out.
Although his alarming communication was not received without much secret terror by the listeners, his earnest and impressive manner, aided perhaps by the nature of the danger, succeeded in bracing their nerves to undergo some unlooked-for and unusual trial.
These returned quick as lightening to their camp with the alarming news of a mighty army in view.
said Jessie, with an alarming frank laugh of relief, that was, however, as frankly reflected in the boyishly appreciative eyes of the young men.
He would delight them equally by his anecdotes of witchcraft, and of the direful omens and portentous sights and sounds in the air, which prevailed in the earlier times of Connecticut; and would frighten them woefully with speculations upon comets and shooting stars; and with the alarming fact that the world did absolutely turn round, and that they were half the time topsy-turvy!