causing alarm or fear: an alarming case of pneumonia; an alarming lack of respect.

1670–80; alarm + -ing2

alarmingly, adverb
unalarming, adjective
unalarmingly, adverb Unabridged
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alarm (əˈlɑːm)
1.  to fill with apprehension, anxiety, or fear
2.  to warn about danger; alert
3.  to fit or activate a burglar alarm on a house, car, etc
4.  fear or terror aroused by awareness of danger; fright
5.  apprehension or uneasiness: the idea of failing filled him with alarm
6.  a noise, signal, etc, warning of danger
7.  any device that transmits such a warning: a burglar alarm
8.  a.  the device in an alarm clock that triggers off the bell or buzzer
 b.  short for alarm clock
9.  archaic a call to arms
10.  fencing a warning or challenge made by stamping the front foot
[C14: from Old French alarme, from Old Italian all'arme to arms; see arm²]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. alarme, from It. all'arme "to arms!" (lit. "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. The verb is 1580s, from the noun.
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