adjective, dir·er, dir·est.
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Origin of dire
OTHER WORDS FROM diredirely, adverbdireness, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for dire
So, what happens if nothing in his training has replicated such a dire condition?Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Driving on both sides, getting around cars, letting them know I was in a dire emergency,” Johnson says.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kim Jung-un clearly recognizes that Hollywood and American popular culture in general constitute a dire threat.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel|Michael Daly|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The results of that rash decision, the most dire of which has been the rise of ISIS, are now plain for us to see.‘America in Retreat’: Why Neo-Isolationism Exploded Under Obama and What We Can Do About It|James Kirchick|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The dire fatalism that dominated the discourse then is gone, replaced largely with a practiced apathy.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was roused from a meditation on these dire imaginings, by the sudden appearance of two figures at a turn of the lane.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 1(of 2)|Charles Dickens
Then, all at once he realized that he himself was in dire peril.The Pony Rider Boys in New Mexico|Frank Gee Patchin
Not even the watermelon revived him, and when a watermelon will not help a boy his extremity is dire.The Court of Boyville|William Allen White
I will not shock you by relating the extremes to which dire necessity had driven me.Edgar Huntley|Charles Brockden Brown
The silence was unbroken except for a slight shuffling of feet, but the dire disappointment was depicted on every face.An Unoficial Patriot|Helen Gardener