With Athens recently alarmed by a half-dozen cases of West Nile virus, the attempt at humor went mostly unappreciated.
“We should not be surprised by or alarmed at the fact that the Loya Jirga is going to examine this agreement,” he said.
alarmed by the crying, my husband came down from his office.
Still, friends of the crew were alarmed that they possibly took their delinquency to such bizarre extremes.
But the Anti-Defamation League, which no one can accuse of ignoring anti-Semitism, has been less than alarmed.
“The captain and Mr Briscoe think there is nothing to be alarmed about,” was the reply.
But Proserpina was so alarmed, that she wished for nothing but to get out of his reach.
But young Ibsen was not a favorite even with the girls, whom he alarmed and disconcerted.
I will not—Heaven forbid that I should alarm you as I have been alarmed!
His servant was alarmed by startling screams, entered his room, and found his master in fearful convulsions.
early 14c., from Old French alarme (14c.), from Italian all'arme "to arms!" (literally "to the arms"). An interjection that came to be used as the word for the call or warning (cf. alert). Extended 16c. to "any sound to warn of danger or to arouse." Weakened sense of "apprehension, unease" is from 1833. Variant alarum is due to the rolling -r- in the vocalized form. Sometimes in early years anglicized as all-arm. Alarm clock is attested from 1690s (as A Larum clock).
a particular quivering sound of the silver trumpets to give warning to the Hebrews on their journey through the wilderness (Num. 10:5, 6), a call to arms, or a war-note (Jer. 4:19; 49:2; Zeph. 1:16).