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English Dictionary: dire by the DICT Development Group
2 results for dire
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  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"
    Synonym(s): desperate, dire
  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"
    Synonym(s): awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Dire \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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