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Alarm, subst. (never vb.) 1) a summons to arms, notice of approaching danger: “Jealousy . . . gives false --s,” Ven. 651. “in a night a.” Troil. I, 3, 171. Hml. II, 2, 532 (Ff alarum). III, 4, 120. “is it not an a. to love?” Oth. II, 3, 27 (Ff alarum).
2) State of war, hostile attack: “remove your siege from my unyielding heart; to love's --s it will not ope the gate,” Ven. 424. “the reason of this rash a. to know,” Lucr. 473. “their dear causes would to the bleeding and the grim a. excite the mortified man,” Mcb. V, 2, 4. Lastly, disturbance, broil in general: “these home --s,” R2 I, 1, 205.
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