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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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In terms of further bias that the SIS rebutted against, the report mentioned that Guerin's video and photos only showed the parts of Egypt that strike a message of poverty and direness, in a manner that generalized the image of Egypt thusly.
Iran's leaders must realize the direness of their conditions.
Lastly, it is and politicians must show direness in field of promoting the economics of Pakistan better and the poor must not suffer.
It's easy to be cynical and say feeling superior to other nations (especially about football), whining about the mythical good old days (especially telly), accepting education and class systems that allow the families with the most money to succeed and obsessing on the direness of our diet, transport and Bank Holidays.
If the latest polls are overstating the direness of his predicament, it will be because Trump may have recovered slightly by managing to bring back some of the Republican voters he yielded this past ten days.
Children in Aleppo are trapped in a 'living nightmare,' a senior official of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Thursday, stressing yet again, the direness of the situation, particularly for the children, in Syria's war-ravaged Aleppo.
Ironically, the very direness of Florida's situation may have made serious reforms more viable.
Highlighting the direness of the situation in the camps, he spoke of reports of women and girls facing demands for sex to access food or to leave the camps and that early pregnancy and marriage are commonplace.
I think people use that language to express the direness of a situation, so I assume the author was trying to express that.
She located the installation in a high traffic area to confront a large public whom she felt were ignoring the direness of the situation as it was portrayed in the media.
Those on the ground decry the rosiness or direness of external assessments as being out of touch with reality and missing the "fingertip sense" of actual conditions.
A member of the Kaisahan group of social realist artists, his Dire Patterns exhibit at the NUS Museum fascinated viewers with its unique fusion of seemingly sophisticated images with the direness of its emblematic warnings about dangerous developments in the areas of ecological disasters, colonialism and gross commercialization.