Origin of dire
OTHER WORDS FROM diredirely, adverbdireness, noun
How to use dire in a sentence
Life has few direr disenchanters than the morning smells of obsolete tobacco, relics though they be of hesternal beatitude.
The merciful veil was torn from his imagination, his soul gaped to the knowledge of death and of direr things that precede death."Persons Unknown"|Virginia Tracy
"I fear that even a direr fate than that awaits it," resumed its author.
No one could have been in direr poverty than he when the steamboat landed him in New York in 1869.Edison, His Life and Inventions|Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
Not even the news of Flodden brought direr dismay to Hechnahoul than Mr. Maddison's brief note.Count Bunker|J. Storer Clouston