And on the edges of evangelicalism, where alertness to “New Age” influence runs high, concern has bloomed into outrage.
There was a fox-like cunning in the face and the sharp little eyes, and also alertness and malice.
They praised his eyes' alertness, the smoothness of his muscles.
Janet was always galvanized into alertness here, Faber Street being no place to dream.
The only change in it that they could notice was an accession of alertness.
There was that about him which gave evidence of alertness and courage of the highest order.
With the alertness of an Indian she heard the crackling of twigs in the underbrush.
They make a great display of activity and alertness, said Pennington, with disdain.
The effect of alertness which he always produced was more evident now than ever.
There was swiftness of action, alertness of mind, and with these a complete absence of hurry or confusion.
"on the watch," 1590s, from French alerte "vigilant" (17c.), from phrase à l'erte "on the watch," from Italian all'erta "to the height," from erta "lookout, high tower," noun use of fem. of erto, past participle of ergere "raise up," from Latin erigere "raise" (see erect). The adjective is attested from 1610s, the noun from 1803, and the verb from 1868. Related: Alerted; alerting.