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English adjective: dire

1. dire fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless


SamplesA desperate illness.
On all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel.
A dire emergency.


Synonymsdesperate


Similarcritical


Antonymsnoncritical, noncrucial

2. dire causing fear or dread or terror


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymsawful, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible


Similaralarming


Antonymsunalarming









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