Alarming and Startling


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Alarming adjective – Causing fear.
Usage example: an alarming rise in her fever, causing the doctor to fear the worst

Startling is a synonym for alarming in frightening topic. In some cases you can use "Startling" instead an adjective "Alarming", when it comes to topics like causing fear. popular alternative
Nearby Words: alarm, alarmed, alarmingly
Synonyms for Alarming


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Startling adjective – Causing a strong emotional reaction because of unexpectedness.
Alarming is a synonym for startling in frightful topic. You can use "Alarming" instead an adjective "Startling", if it concerns topics such as surprising, frightening. popular alternative
Nearby Words: startle, startled, startler
Synonyms for Startling

Things that words describes

tendency alarming tendency startling tendency
change alarming change startling change
lack alarming lack startling lack
accuracy alarming accuracy startling accuracy
Other nouns: resemblance, amount, number, fact, speed, example, frequency, bit, contrast, regularity, news, discovery, degrees, changes, amounts, levels.

Both words in one sentence

  • Nothing Is Scarier Some of these can start out startling or even outright alarming.
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