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1. Inspiring dread; terrible.
2. Foreshadowing evil or disaster; ominous.
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1. dreadful; awful; terrible.
2. indicating trouble: direful forecasts.
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|Adj.||1.||direful - 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"|
dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, terrible, awful, dire, horrific, fearful
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger
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1. Causing or able to cause fear:
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