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alarm

[ uh-lahrm ]SEE DEFINITION OF alarm
  • nounfeeling of sudden fear
  • nounwarning, signaling device
  • verbupset

Synonyms for alarm

  • anxiety
  • apprehension
  • consternation
  • dismay
  • dread
  • horror
  • nervousness
  • panic
  • scare
  • tension
  • terror
  • trepidation
  • unease
  • uneasiness
  • distress
  • fright
  • strain
  • stress
  • cold feet
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Antonyms for alarm

  • assurance
  • calm
  • calmness
  • collectedness
  • composure
  • confidence
  • contentment
  • ease
  • encouragement
  • happiness
  • peace
  • tranquility
  • health
  • quietness
  • repose
  • security
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ALARM

"I'd rather keep it, if it's the same to you," said Paul, in alarm.

She had begun to pull away in alarm when he seized her wrist.

But Mr. Paine assured her that letters were likely to be irregular, and there was no ground for alarm.

"You alarm me, dear young friend," continued the good minister.

He turned and ran to the camp, shouting an alarm at the top of his voice.

She felt no alarm lest she wound the sensibilities of the girl.

His usual vacuity of expression was cast off like a mask and alarm twisted his features.

So simply he made provision against any alarm from this source.

Only Mary was revealed clearly as she bent in alarm toward the man she had married.

His tone was pregnant with alarm, though he strove to make it merely complaining.

WORD ORIGIN

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).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ALARM

affright

verbfrighten
  • alarm
  • daunt
  • fright
  • intimidate
  • panic
  • scare
  • spook
  • startle
  • terrify

agitate

verbdisturb, trouble someone

alarm clock

nounclock that wakes sleeper
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