American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Warning of or having dreadful or terrible consequences; calamitous: a dire economic forecast; dire threats.
- adj. Urgent; desperate: in dire need; dire poverty.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Causing or attended by great fear or terrible suffering; dreadful; awful: as, dire disaster; the dire results of intemperance.
- Synonyms Fearful, woeful, disastrous, calamitous, destructive, terrific, awful, portentous.
- adj. Ill-boding; portentous.
- adj. Dreadful; dismal; horrible; terrible; lamentable.
- adj. Urgent, pressing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Ill-boding; portentous.
- adj. Evil in great degree; dreadful; dismal; horrible; terrible; lamentable.
- adj. fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless
- adj. causing fear or dread or terror
- From Latin dirus ("fearful, ominous"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin dīrus, fearsome, terrible; akin to Greek deinos. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“On Friday, the LCC also detailed what it described as dire humanitarian conditions and other developments in several locales.”
“WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced a series of moves Wednesday that redefine the federal government's $700 billion rescue plan for the financial industry in order to tackle what he called a dire situation in the consumer credit markets.”
“He twice referred to past policy mistakes that contributed to the Great Depression, noting that the repetition of those mistakes - unregulated financial markets and trade protectionism - threaten to exacerbate what he describes as a dire global financial crisis that has yet to bottom out.”
“Until all you entitlement libs figure this out and quit expecting everyone to bail you out and pay for everything, this country will continue to be in dire need of reform.”
“Our lop-sided world trade agreements etc., is in dire need of your time and effort.”
“The GOP would have to be in dire straits indeed if he's considered a serious candidate in 2016.”
“Just look at who and what we have "leading" our Nation, no wonder we are in dire straits.”
“Until Monday, not a single representative of the euro zone had been willing to discuss the possibility of aid measures for countries in dire financial straits.”
“As the work has been given to Hitachi and the Japanese economy is in dire straits, I would expect the number of jobs allocated to the UK to reduce as "the situation develops".”
“We are also in dire need of people to produce non-fic horror and Lovecraft articles.”
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