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Meaning of DIRE

Pronunciation:  dIr

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  1. [adj]  causing fear or dread or terror; "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"
  2. [adj]  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"

DIRE is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: alarming, awful, critical, desperate, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dire\, a. [Compar. {Direr}; superl. {Direst}.] [L. dirus;
of uncertain origin.]
1. Ill-boding; portentous; as, dire omens.

2. 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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