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1In a worrying or disturbing way:‘all of a sudden, the bell sounds, rather alarmingly’
- 1.1 To a worrying degree:‘during the early 19th century levels of crime rose alarmingly’[as submodifier] ‘piling up debt during your college years is alarmingly easy’
- ‘He was a remarkable American poet and writer whose alarmingly chaotic personal life impacted decisively on his work.’
- ‘The only way to get there is by an old bus, along the alarmingly narrow roads that cling to the sides of the mountains.’
- ‘The river was alarmingly full.’
- ‘Some of our top models appear so alarmingly undernourished, I always feel like rushing some food and vitamin pills to them.’
- ‘It's a race against time to stabilize their government before public support, which is alarmingly eroding, starts to hemorrhage away altogether.’
- ‘The phenomenon of "selling out" has become alarmingly common among today's musicians.’
- ‘The number of girls in co-educational schools in the district is alarmingly low.’
- ‘Despite the assumed excellence of its educational system, the country has an alarmingly high rate of functional illiteracy.’
- ‘He won't stick around if the results are not going well and his ranking drops so alarmingly that he is no longer seeded at the Grand Slams.’
- ‘The friend is meant to provide a contrast with the ways of a city slicker, though some of his scenes come alarmingly close to condescension.’
- 1.1 To a worrying degree:
2[sentence adverb] Used to express concern over an event or state of affairs:‘another recent attack on biography comes, alarmingly, from a biographer’
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