from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of being dire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Terribleness; horror; woefulness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Terribleness; horribleness; fearfulness.


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  • While the debt ceiling vote is largely a manufactured crisis, the direness of our fiscal debt problem is real.

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  • Despite the direness of the situation, Jim found himself smiling.

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  • "It is high time we paid tribute to those who sensed the direness of the moment and immediately sprang into action on that terrible day, exploiting it for personal gain," Sen. Lindsey Graham R-SC said Tuesday.

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  • Both actions made the German people realize the direness of the situation and prodded the Reichstag parties out of their slumber; the collapse of Bulgaria also dealt Germany a massive military blow by opening a gap in its defenses and cutting the link to Turkey.

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  • However, increasing questions had at last forced a reluctant Fandral to alert his fellow druids—if not the rest of the race—of the direness of the situation, hence the overriding reason so many had come to this sudden convocation.


  • The direness of my situation catapulted me to the top of the national waiting list for a liver transplant.

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  • Despite the direness of the situation, for a moment Anduin simply stared at her, enraptured by her beauty and grace, then blushed and concentrated his attention on the magic she was summoning.

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  • In the face of the congress 'failure to hone and pass a sensible health care bill in a sensible time span; and since the situation as a result has reached crisis proportions, such that I must act and take measures commensurate with the direness of the situation.

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  • Over the past two decades, leaders in government, medicine and the pharmaceutical industry have underscored the direness of the situation.

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  • Should they surprisingly awaken to the direness of the situation it will only be too late.

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