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English Dictionary: direful by the DICT Development Group
2 results for direful
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. 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]:
   Direful \Dire"ful\, a. [Dire + -ful.]
      Dire; dreadful; terrible; calamitous; woeful; as, a direful
      fiend; a direful day. -- {Dire"ful*ly}, adv. --
      {Dire"ful*ness}, n.
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