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

dire′ful·ly adv.
dire′ful·ness n.
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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"
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References in classic literature ?
"If you had made the voyages we have," he said, "you wouldn't much care about the weather." 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).