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direful

[dahyuh r-fuh l]
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adjective
  1. dreadful; awful; terrible.
  2. indicating trouble: direful forecasts.

Origin of direful

First recorded in 1575–85; dire + -ful
Related formsdire·ful·ly, adverbdire·ful·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for direful

Historical Examples

  • To and fro, to and fro, the dying man continued his direful walk.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • As if all these direful outrages were not the natural results of slavery!

  • That direful mishap was at the bottom of his temporary recluseness.

  • She felt instinctively that the name was one of direful omen to herself.

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • I left him, with a strong foreboding that he would work me some direful mischief.

    Rattlin the Reefer

    Edward Howard