dire Meaning, Definition & Usage
adjective satellite fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless
- a desperate illness
- on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel"- G.C.Marshall
- a dire emergency
adjective satellite causing fear or dread or terror
dreadful; direful; horrific; fearful; frightening; terrible; dread; horrendous; awful; dreaded; fearsome.
- 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
Ill-boding; portentous; as,. direomens
Evil in great degree; dreadful; dismal; horrible; terrible; lamentable.
Dire was the tossing, deep the groans. Milton.
Gorgons and hydras and chimeras dire. Milton.
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