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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dire mean? 

DIRE (adjective)
  The adjective DIRE has 2 senses:

1. fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless
2. causing fear or dread or terror

  Familiarity information: DIRE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

DIRE (adjective)

Sense 1dire [BACK TO TOP]


Fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless


dire; desperate

Context examples:

a desperate illness / on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel / a dire emergency


critical (being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency)

Sense 2dire [BACK TO TOP]


Causing fear or dread or terror


fearsome; frightening; fearful; dreadful; dreaded; dread; direful; terrible; horrendous; horrific; awful; dire

Context examples:

the awful war / an awful risk / dire news / a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked / the dread presence of the headmaster / polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was / a dreadful storm / a fearful howling / horrendous explosions shook the city / a terrible curse


alarming (causing alarm or fear)

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