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dire adj
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]

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English

Etymology

From etyl la dirus.

Pronunciation

  • a UK /daɪ(.)ə(ɹ)/, /daI(.)@(r)/
  • Rhymes with: -aɪə(r)

Adjective

  1. Ill-boding; portentous; as, dire omens.
  2. Evil in great degree; dreadful; dismal; horrible; terrible; lamentable.

Quotations

  • Dire was the tossing, deep the groans. — John Milton, Paradise Lost, line 9858.
  • Gorgons and hydras and chimeras dire. — John Milton, Paradise Lost, line 1464.

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Translations

Ill-boding
Evil in great degree

Anagrams

French

Etymology

Latin dicere

Pronunciation

Verb

dire
  1. to say, to tell

Conjugation

Derived terms

Italian

Etymology

from dicere

Verb

dire
  1. To say, to tell
  2. To recite
  3. To mean
  4. To think
  5. To admit

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Extensive Definition

As a location, Dire may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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