Dire meaning

dīr
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Dire is defined as something that is urgent.

An example of dire is the warning to evacuate immediately.

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Warning of or having dreadful or terrible consequences; calamitous.

A dire economic forecast; dire threats.

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Calling for quick action; urgent.

A dire need.

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The definition of dire is something so bad or scary that it causes distress or terror.

An example of dire the need of a homeless person in winter.

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Urgent; desperate.

In dire need; dire poverty.

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Arousing terror or causing extreme distress; dreadful; terrible.
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Warning of bad consequences: ill-boding; portentous.

Dire omens.

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Requiring action to prevent bad consequences: urgent, pressing.

Dire need.

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Expressing bad consequences: dreadful; dismal; horrible; terrible; lamentable.

Dire consequences.

Be in dire straits.

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(Informal) Bad in quality, awful, terrible.
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Origin of dire

  • Latin dīrus fearsome, terrible Greek deinos

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin dirus (“fearful, ominous”).

    From Wiktionary