adjective, dir·er, dir·est.
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Origin of dire
OTHER WORDS FROM diredirely, adverbdireness, noun
Example sentences from the Web for dire
"I fear that even a direr fate than that awaits it," resumed its author.
The second visit was the more dangerous, and fraught with direr consequences.Three People|Pansy
With his direr passions had been roused up all the native powers that made them doubly dangerous.My Novel, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
There would be direr, slower vengeance wreaked on them than on the alien British.Told in the East|Talbot Mundy
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