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dire

[ dahyuhr ]
/ daɪər /
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adjective, dir·er, dir·est.

causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible: a dire calamity.
indicating trouble, disaster, misfortune, or the like: dire predictions about the stock market.
urgent; desperate: in dire need of food.

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Origin of dire

First recorded in 1560–70, dire is from the Latin word dīrus fearful, unlucky

OTHER WORDS FROM dire

direly, adverbdireness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dire

dire
/ (daɪə) /

adjective (usually prenominal)

Also: direful disastrous; fearful
desperate; urgenta dire need
foreboding disaster; ominousa dire warning

Derived forms of dire

direly, adverbdireness, noun

Word Origin for dire

C16: from Latin dīrus ominous, fearful; related to Greek deos fear
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