English adjective: dire
|1.||dire fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless|
|Samples||A desperate illness.|
On all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel.
A dire emergency.
|2.||dire causing fear or dread or terror|
|Samples||The awful war.|
An awful risk.
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.
|Synonyms||awful, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible|