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
Keep in mind that for him, safety means fewer innocents in direst danger.Ray Kelly Has to Run for New York City Mayor. How Could He Not?|Michael Daly|June 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He found the rest to be dedicated and ever ready to race into direst danger for the sake of complete strangers.NYPD Scandals Obscure the Decency of the Majority, Cops Say|Michael Daly|November 11, 2011|DAILY BEAST
With a job approval rating of 51 percent according to Gallup, President Obama is not in the direst political shape.
And this time, the United States refrained from making the direst of unkeepable threats.
We believe the direst ill afflicting civilization is the good young man.The Fiend's Delight|Dod Grile
His harmless and gentle life closed after too many years in direst misfortune.Jersey Street and Jersey Lane|H. C. Bunner
Our task is now in reality more difficult than ever, and this new trouble makes every hour of the direst importance.Dracula|Bram Stoker
Then were you young like myself; ay, and amiable amid the direst misfortunes.
She was alone in the world, alone to fight her own battles, alone in the moment of her direst need.The Shadow of the East|E. M. Hull