The beleagured nation has been direly impacted by troop and weapon flows into its north from neighbor Libya.
Many a good comrade's fate is known to me, so far, by that direly comprehensive word, missing.
Suppose she let him see how direly she needed money at this moment.
I had hastened forward, convinced that my aid and protection were direly needed.
Then a misfortune happened; trivial yet how direly pregnant!
And yet it is doubtful if he would have been recognised, so direly had tribulation altered him.
The want of cartridges was what the troops felt most direly.
It seemed as if the danger that threatened her so direly had vanished.
Clytie predicted most direly interesting things of him if he did not come to the Feet before he died.
A nation may seize territory which it does not need, and exclude from it those who direly need its resources.
1560s, from Latin dirus "fearful, awful, boding ill," of unknown origin; perhaps from Oscan and Umbrian and perhaps cognate with Greek deinos, from PIE root *dwei-.