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alarming

[uh-lahr-ming] /əˈlɑr mɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing alarm or fear:
an alarming case of pneumonia; an alarming lack of respect.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; alarm + -ing2
Related forms
alarmingly, adverb
unalarming, adjective
unalarmingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for alarmingly
adv.

1787, from alarming, present participle adjective from alarm (v.), + -ly (2).

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