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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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dire

adjective
3. Compelling immediate attention:
4. So serious as to be at the point of crisis or necessary to resolve a crisis:
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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
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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
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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)
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dire

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

(ˈdaiə) adjective
dreadful; perilous.
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Sospite nunc patria, fracto nunc funeris antro, Mors ubi dira fuit vita salusque patent.
DIRA drives much of this work and after 17 years it's the right thing to do to make it fit for the 21st century.
A re o ne a thulanya ditlhogo le babereki ka ene go bona gore ba ka thusa jang mo kgaolong mme ba dumalana go dira tiro ya bopelotlhomogi.
Go ne go sena bommangwane le bomalome kgotsa bontsalae go dira se balosika ba ka se dirang go etelana, go ja mmogo, go tshameka mmogo," go bitsana ka maim a a sa tlwaelegang".
Dira described Najib to be in good spirits despite the circumstances in place surrounding police investigations.
"Already used at world renowned broadcasters like the BBC in the UK or the ARD group in Germany, the dira! Radio Production and Automation system offers RTL France the newest state of the art software based on a standard Windows client-server IT platform.
Evan Berman (human resource management and organizational behavior, National Chengchi U., Taiwan) and Dira Berman, a psychotherapist and international student counselor at National Chengchi U., examine the impact of people skills in achieving better work results, advancing a career, surviving at work, and balancing work with personal well-being.