dire meaning

Pronunciation:   "dire" in a sentence
Adjective: dire (direr,direst)  dIr
  1. Fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless
    "a dire emergency"
    - desperate 
  2. Causing fear or dread or terror
    "dire news"
    - awful, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible

Sounds like: dyer

Derived forms: direst, direr

See also: alarming, critical

Encyclopedia: Dire Dire, Mali


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  1. it was obvious, and it was dire.
  2. there would be dire consequences for the rest of the world.
  3. i see only dire poverty ahead from my feet to the grave.
  4. this task proved deceptively easy in the dire emergency of 1933.
  5. the people here are reduced to dire poverty because of ( the ) natural disasters.

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