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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 ?
A private rehearsal at these lodgings, and a bargain which will fill the pockets of a grasping stranger -- such are the sacrifices which dire necessity imposes on me at starting.
The Spaniel stopped short in dire consternation, and, after regarding the Bulldog a moment from a safe distance, said:
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?
But Oedipus spurns the hypocrite, and invokes a dire curse on both his unnatural sons.
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.
And if we are able thus to attack an inferior force with a superior one, our opponents will be in dire straits.
I drilled him as represent- ing in turn all sorts of people out of luck and suffering dire privations and misfortunes.
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.
What flippant Frenchman was it who said in allusion to the well-known work of Zimmerman, that, "la solitude est une belle chose; mais il faut quelqu'un pour vous dire que la solitude est une belle chose?
But the strange part of it was that about three in the afternoon, while this gentleman and his friends were at dinner in the hotel, a terrific storm of rain, accompanied by thunder and lightning, broke forth and continued with dire fury for two or three hours.
Trent, who had seen men before in dire straits, fed him from a spoon and forced brandy between his lips.
The house itself is in tolerably good condition, though badly weather-stained and in dire need of attention from the glazier, the smaller male population of the region having attested in the manner of its kind its disapproval of dwelling without dwellers.