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dire

 (dīr)
adj. dir·er, dir·est
1. Warning of or having dreadful or terrible consequences; calamitous: a dire economic forecast; dire threats.
2. Urgent; desperate: in dire need; dire poverty.

[Latin dīrus, fearsome, terrible; akin to Greek deinos.]

dire′ly adv.
dire′ness n.

dire

(daɪə)
adj (usually prenominal)
1. Also: direful disastrous; fearful
2. desperate; urgent: a dire need.
3. foreboding disaster; ominous: a dire warning.
[C16: from Latin dīrus ominous, fearful; related to Greek deos fear]
ˈdirely adv
ˈdireness n

dire

(daɪər)

adj. dir•er, dir•est.
1. causing or involving great fear or suffering; terrible.
2. indicating trouble, disaster, or the like: dire predictions.
3. urgent; desperate: in dire need.
[1560–70; < Latin dīrus fearful, unlucky]
dire′ly, adv.
dire′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dire - 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"
critical - being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency; "a critical shortage of food"; "a critical illness"; "an illness at the critical stage"
2.dire - causing fear or dread or terrordire - 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"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger

dire

adjective
2. terrible, awful, appalling, dreadful, abysmal, frightful, godawful (slang) a book of verse which ranged from the barely tolerable to the utterly dire

dire

adjective
3. Compelling immediate attention:
4. So serious as to be at the point of crisis or necessary to resolve a crisis:
Translations
رَهيب، مُفْزِع، مُنْذِر بِكارِثَه
hrozný
forfærdeligrisikabel
hirveäkamalakauhea
hræîilegur, ógnòrunginn
drausmīgsšausmīgs

dire

[daɪəʳ] ADJ (direr (superl))
1. (= terrible) [event, consequences, results] → nefasto, funesto; [situation] → desesperado; [warning, prediction] → alarmante; [poverty] → extremo
to be in dire need of sthnecesitar algo desesperadamente
to be in dire straitsestar en un serio aprieto or apuro
2. (= awful) [film, book] → pésimo, malísimo

dire

[ˈdaɪər] adj
(= disastrous) [consequences] → terrible, désastreux/euse
(= extreme) [poverty] → extrême
to be in dire need of sth → avoir un besoin urgent de qch
to be in dire straits (financially)être dans une situation désespérée
(pejorative) (= awful) → affreux/euse

dire

adj
(= serious) consequencesverheerend; warning, prediction, threatunheilvoll; effectskatastrophal; situationmiserabel; (= desperate)verzweifelt; the dire state of the property marketdie miserable Lage auf dem Immobilienmarkt; in dire povertyin äußerster Armut; to do something out of dire necessityetw aus dringender Notwendigkeit tun; to be in dire need of somethingetw dringend brauchen; to be in dire straitsin einer ernsten Notlage sein; the economy is in dire straitsdie Wirtschaftslage ist katastrophal
(inf: = awful) → mies (inf); the standard is pretty diredas Niveau ist unter aller Kritik (inf)

dire

[ˈdaɪəʳ] adj (warning) → minaccioso/a; (consequences) → disastroso/a; (event) → terribile; (poverty) → nero/a
dire necessity → dura necessità
in dire straits → nei guai

dire

(ˈdaiə) adjective
dreadful; perilous.
References in classic literature ?
I waited, but nothing came; then, in the first place--and there is something more dire in this, I feel, than in anything I have to relate-- I was determined by a sense that, within a minute, all sounds from her had previously dropped; and, in the second, by the circumstance that, also within the minute, she had, in her play, turned her back to the water.
Ah, how is it possible for the untaught heart to keep its faith, unswerving, in the face of dire misrule, and palpable, unrebuked injustice?
And at last they sent for thee, Sir Boss, to try magic and enchantment; and if you could not come, then was the messenger to fetch Merlin, and he is there these three days now, and saith he will fetch that water though he burst the globe and wreck its kingdoms to accomplish it; and right bravely doth he work his magic and call upon his hellions to hie them hither and help, but not a whiff of moisture hath he started yet, even so much as might qualify as mist upon a copper mirror an ye count not the barrel of sweat he sweateth betwixt sun and sun over the dire labors of his task; and if ye --"
He was in good spirits at his own improved prospects, for his farm was so placed that its value could be only increased by the new road; he was also relieved in mind that his wife's family would no longer be in dire poverty directly at his doorstep, so to speak.
She lunched on dire forebodings of a quarrel between Frank and his father, with accidental interruptions in the shape of cold chicken and cheese-cakes.
At which juncture, he exclaimed, in a voice of dire exasperation:
One afternoon, when we were all harassed into a state of dire confusion, and Mr.
She said the word often enough, and there could be no doubt that she meant to say it; but if the often repeated word had been hate instead of love - despair - revenge - dire death - it could not have sounded from her lips more like a curse.
Les hommes--egoistes-- menteurs, pas dire la verite .
how chang'd From him, who in the happy Realms of Light Cloth'd with transcendent brightnes didst outshine Myriads though bright: If he whom mutual league, United thoughts and counsels, equal hope, And hazard in the Glorious Enterprize, Joynd with me once, now misery hath joynd In equal ruin: into what Pit thou seest From what highth fal'n, so much the stronger provd He with his Thunder: and till then who knew The force of those dire Arms?
Then, in the hour of his dire necessity, his old friends Schurka
I glimpsed him just before he reached the doorway and the sight of him, now roaring as he perceived his lifeless fellow stretched upon the floor, and frothing at the mouth, in the extremity of his rage, filled me, I must confess, with dire forebodings.