[ dahyuhr-fuhl ]
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  1. dreadful; awful; terrible.

  2. indicating trouble: direful forecasts.

Origin of direful

First recorded in 1575–85; dire + -ful

Other words from direful

  • dire·ful·ly, adverb
  • dire·ful·ness, noun

Words Nearby direful

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How to use direful in a sentence

  • Riding forward, Moffat and Waterboer found a young woman belonging to the Mantatees, whose whole appearance denoted direful want.

    Robert Moffat | David J. Deane
  • Ever since leaving England Charles and his followers had suffered from the most direful impecuniosity.

    Belgium | George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
  • The Pope smiled when he saw his mighty frame and sinews of iron—a direful foe of the infidels!

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • Save for a mouthful of bread while he buckled on his armor, he had tasted none that direful day.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • And as I reeled over the smoke, I saw you in direful peril, clutched by wanton hands, facing a fate worse than death!

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis