Never shall any weapon of leafy wood crush the Goths with direr augury.
The second visit was the more dangerous, and fraught with direr consequences.
No one could have been in direr poverty than he when the steamboat landed him in New York in 1869.
There would be direr, slower vengeance wreaked on them than on the alien British.
There is no direr disaster in love than the death of imagination.
With his direr passions had been roused up all the native powers that made them doubly dangerous.
In another and direr sense than after his youthful vision, "Solomon awoke, and behold it was a dream."
The merciful veil was torn from his imagination, his soul gaped to the knowledge of death and of direr things that precede death.
"I fear that even a direr fate than that awaits it," resumed its author.
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-.