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1. Inspiring dread; terrible.
2. Foreshadowing evil or disaster; ominous.

dire′ful·ly adv.
dire′ful·ness n.


literary or jocular in a direful manner
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Adv.1.direfully - in a direful manner; "seeing himself trapped, he cried out direfully"
References in classic literature ?
But nevertheless, traveller as he was, he passed the night direfully sick in his carriage, where his courier tended him with brandy-and- water and every luxury.
Be it what it may, now, it was so direfully impressed at tea-time by Mr.
Browne pronounces direfully, "The sins of the father are indeed visited upon the children" (1:10).