alarmingly


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.alarmingly - in an alarming manneralarmingly - in an alarming manner; "It grew alarmingly fast"
Translations
بِصُورَة مُفْزِعَه
děsivě
riasztóan
á ógnvekjandi hátt
znepokojujúco
ürkütücü bir şekilde

alarmingly

[əˈlɑːmɪŋlɪ] ADVde modo alarmante
alarmingly high numberscifras fpl alarmantes

alarmingly

[əˈlɑːrmɪŋli] advde façon alarmante
alarmingly close → dangereusement proche
alarmingly quickly → à une vitesse inquiétante

alarmingly

adverschreckend

alarmingly

[əˈlɑːmɪŋlɪ] advin modo allarmante
alarmingly close → pericolosamente vicino/a

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
References in classic literature ?
She came in, like a ship in full sail, an imposing creature, tall and stout, with an ample bust and an obesity girthed in alarmingly by straight-fronted corsets.
Julius found his father alarmingly altered in personal appearance, but in full possession of his faculties nevertheless.
The head looked right enough, but when he placed my hand on the top of it, it sunk in a bed of curls, rather alarmingly low, especially in the middle.
The price of improved land in most parts of the country is much lower than can be accounted for by the quantity of waste land at market, and can only be fully explained by that want of private and public confidence, which are so alarmingly prevalent among all ranks, and which have a direct tendency to depreciate property of every kind.
Mrs Nubbles ironed away in silence for a minute or two, and coming to the fireplace for another iron, glanced stealthily at Kit while she rubbed it on a board and dusted it with a duster, but said nothing until she had returned to her table again: when, holding the iron at an alarmingly short distance from her cheek, to test its temperature, and looking round with a smile, she observed:
My sister, who had begun to be alarmingly meditative, had to employ herself actively in getting the gin, the hot water, the sugar, and the lemon-peel, and mixing them.
Catherine, though she could not help wondering that with such perfect command of his horse, he should think it necessary to alarm her with a relation of its tricks, congratulated herself sincerely on being under the care of so excellent a coachman; and perceiving that the animal continued to go on in the same quiet manner, without showing the smallest propensity towards any unpleasant vivacity, and (considering its inevitable pace was ten miles an hour) by no means alarmingly fast, gave herself up to all the enjoyment of air and exercise of the most invigorating kind, in a fine mild day of February, with the consciousness of safety.
Harthouse, taking a turn or two across the room, dubiously, 'it's so alarmingly absurd.
She telegraphed her wish to Meg, but the eyebrows went up so alarmingly that she dared not stir.
The officiating undertakers made some protest against these changes in the ceremonies; but, the river being alarmingly near, and several voices remarking on the efficacy of cold immersion in bringing refractory members of the profession to reason, the protest was faint and brief.
Trumbull allowed the flower to fall alarmingly into strings of heart-shaped leaves--"a book of riddles
When little Fanny came into the schoolroom, I hoped she would be mild and inoffensive, at least; but a few days, if not a few hours, sufficed to destroy the illusion: I found her a mischievous, intractable little creature, given up to falsehood and deception, young as she was, and alarmingly fond of exercising her two favourite weapons of offence and defence: that of spitting in the faces of those who incurred her displeasure, and bellowing like a bull when her unreasonable desires were not gratified.