- dreadful; awful; terrible.
- indicating trouble: direful forecasts.
Origin of direful
Related Words for direfulapocalyptic, appalling, awful, baleful, baneful, calamitous, dreadful, fateful, ghastly, gloomy, ill-boding, inauspicious, ominous, shocking, terrible, terrific, unlucky, unpropitious, horrid
Examples from the Web for direful
Historical Examples of direful
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!The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
That direful mishap was at the bottom of his temporary recluseness.Moby Dick; or The Whale
She felt instinctively that the name was one of direful omen to herself.The Golden Dog
I left him, with a strong foreboding that he would work me some direful mischief.Rattlin the Reefer