1 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" [syn: desperate]
2 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" [syn: awful, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible]
EtymologyFrom etyl la dirus.
Evil in great degree
As a location, Dire may refer to:
abominable, apocalyptic, appalling, arrant, astounding, atrocious, awe-inspiring, awesome, awful, bad, badly off, baleful, baneful, base, beastly, beneath contempt, black, blameworthy, bodeful, boding, brutal, burning, calamitous, cataclysmal, cataclysmic, catastrophic, clamant, clamorous, climacteric, contemptible, critical, crucial, crying, dark, deplorable, depressed, depressing, desperate, despicable, destructive, detestable, direful, disastrous, disgusting, distressing, donsie, doomful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, dreary, egregious, enormous, evil, evil-starred, exigent, fatal, fateful, fell, fetid, filthy, flagrant, foreboding, formidable, fortuneless, foul, frightful, fulsome, funest, ghastly, ghoulish, gloomy, grievous, grim, grisly, gross, gruesome, hapless, hateful, heartbreaking, heinous, hideous, horrendous, horrible, horrid, horrific, horrifying, ill, ill off, ill-boding, ill-fated, ill-omened, ill-starred, imperative, importunate, in adverse circumstances, inauspicious, infamous, instant, lamentable, loathsome, lousy, lowering, luckless, macabre, menacing, monstrous, morbid, nasty, nefarious, noisome, notorious, obnoxious, odious, of evil portent, offensive, ominous, out of luck, outrageous, pitiable, pitiful, planet-struck, portending, portentous, rank, redoubtable, regrettable, reprehensible, repulsive, rotten, ruinous, sad, scandalous, schlock, schrecklich, scurvy, shabby, shameful, shocking, shoddy, short of luck, sinister, somber, sordid, squalid, star-crossed, terrible, terrific, threatening, too bad, tragic, tremendous, unblessed, unclean, underprivileged, unfavorable, unfortunate, unhappy, unlucky, unpromising, unpropitious, unprosperous, unprovidential, unspeakable, untoward, urgent, vile, villainous, woeful, worst, worthless, wreckful, wretched