dire

[dahyuhr]
adjective, direr, direst.
1.
causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible: a dire calamity.
2.
indicating trouble, disaster, misfortune, or the like: dire predictions about the stock market.
3.
urgent; desperate: in dire need of food.

Origin:
1560–70; < Latin dīrus fearful, unlucky

direly, adverb
direness, noun
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dire (daɪə)
 
adj
1.  Also: direful disastrous; fearful
2.  desperate; urgent: a dire need
3.  foreboding disaster; ominous: a dire warning
 
[C16: from Latin dīrus ominous, fearful; related to Greek deos fear]
 
'direly
 
adv
 
'direness
 
n

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dire
1567, from L. dirus "fearful, awful, boding ill," from Oscan and Umbrian, cognate with Gk. deinos, from PIE base *dwei-.
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Example sentences
But he would be greatly weakened, with dire consequences for his ability to
  meet many other urgent challenges.
There were some dire moments.
The result is a lively, opinionated, and timely study of irresponsible politics
  grappling with a dire economy.
There is a growing consensus that the situation is dire—and looking
  bleaker every day.
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