direful

[ dahyuh r-fuh l ]
/ ˈdaɪər fəl /

adjective

dreadful; awful; terrible.
indicating trouble: direful forecasts.

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CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH THESE WORDS FROM "LITTLE WOMEN"

"Little Women" may be a classic, but that doesn't mean we all know the meanings of the vocab words from the book. Can you define these words correctly and make Jo proud?
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earnest

Origin of direful

First recorded in 1575–85; dire + -ful

OTHER WORDS FROM direful

dire·ful·ly, adverbdire·ful·ness, noun
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