dire-fulness

direful

[dahyuhr-fuhl]
adjective
1.
dreadful; awful; terrible.
2.
indicating trouble: direful forecasts.

Origin:
1575–85; dire + -ful

direfully, adverb
direfulness, noun
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direful

adjective
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" 
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