dire
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈdaɪ̯ə(ɹ)/
Adjective

dire (comparative direr, superlative direst)

  1. Warning of bad consequences: ill-boding; portentous.
    dire omens
  2. Requiring action to prevent bad consequences: urgent, pressing.
    dire need
  3. Expressing bad consequences: dreadful; dismal
    dire consequences;  to be in dire straits
    Synonyms: horrible, terrible, lamentable
  4. (informal) Bad in quality, awful, terrible.
    His dire mistake allowed her to checkmate him with her next move.
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