Synonyms for (adjective) alarming

Synonyms: alarming

Definition: frightening because of an awareness of danger

Similar words: appalling, dismaying

Definition: causing consternation

Usage: appalling conditions


Similar words: atrocious, ugly, frightful, horrible, horrifying

Definition: provoking horror

Usage: an atrocious automobile accident; a frightful crime of decapitation; an alarming, even horrifying, picture; war is beyond all words horrible- Winston Churchill; an ugly wound


Similar words: horrendous, horrific, awful, dire, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, frightening, fearful, fearsome, terrible

Definition: causing fear or dread or terror

Usage: the awful war; an awful risk; dire news; a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked; the dread presence of the headmaster; polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was; a dreadful storm; a fearful howling; horrendous explosions shook the city; a terrible curse


Similar words: threatening, baleful, ominous, minacious, minatory, sinister, menacing, forbidding

Definition: threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

Usage: a baleful look; forbidding thunderclouds; his tone became menacing; ominous rumblings of discontent; sinister storm clouds; a sinister smile; his threatening behavior; ugly black clouds; the situation became ugly


Similar words: hair-raising, nightmarish, bloodcurdling

Definition: extremely alarming


Similar words: chilling, shivery, shuddery, scarey, scary

Definition: provoking fear terror

Usage: a scary movie; the most terrible and shuddery...tales of murder and revenge


Similar words: creepy, creepy-crawly

Definition: causing a sensation as of things crawling on your skin

Usage: a creepy story; I had a creepy-crawly feeling


Similar words: redoubtable, unnerving, formidable

Definition: inspiring fear

Usage: the formidable prospect of major surgery; a tougher and more redoubtable adversary than the heel-clicking, jackbooted fanatic- G.H.Johnston; something unnerving and prisonlike about high grey wall


Similar words: gruesome, grim, grisly, ghastly, sick, macabre

Definition: shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

Usage: ghastly wounds; the grim aftermath of the bombing; the grim task of burying the victims; a grisly murder; gruesome evidence of human sacrifice; macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages; macabre tortures conceived by madmen


Similar words: hairy

Definition: hazardous and frightening

Usage: hairy moments in the mountains


Similar words: petrifying

Definition: paralyzing with terror


Similar words: stupefying

Definition: shocking with surprise and consternation

Usage: the stupefying impact of the tragedy


Similar words: terrific, terrifying

Definition: causing extreme terror

Usage: a terrifying wail