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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dire  \Dire\,  a.  [Compar.  {Direr};  superl.  {Direst}.]  [L.  dirus; 
  of  uncertain  origin.] 
  1.  Ill-boding;  portentous;  as  dire  omens. 
 
  2.  Evil  in  great  degree;  dreadful;  dismal;  horrible; 
  terrible;  lamentable. 
 
  Dire  was  the  tossing,  deep  the  groans.  --Milton. 
 
  Gorgons  and  hydras  and  chimeras  dire.  --Milton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dire 
  adj  1:  fraught  with  extreme  danger;  nearly  hopeless;  "a  desperate 
  illness";  "on  all  fronts  the  Allies  were  in  a 
  desperate  situation  due  to  lack  of  materiel"- 
  G.C.Marshall;  "a  dire  emergency"  [syn:  {desperate}] 
  2:  causing  fear  or  dread  or  terror;  "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" 
  [syn:  {awful},  {direful},  {dread(a)},  {dreaded},  {dreadful}, 
  {fearful},  {fearsome},  {frightening},  {horrendous},  {horrific}, 
  {terrible}] 




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