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dire

[dahyuh r] /daɪər/
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
1560-1570
1560-70; < Latin dīrus fearful, unlucky
Related forms
direly, adverb
direness, noun
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  • It's important to remember that dire poverty is not only in third world countries.
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British Dictionary definitions for dire

dire

/daɪə/
adjective (usually prenominal)
1.
Also direful. disastrous; fearful
2.
desperate; urgent: a dire need
3.
foreboding disaster; ominous: a dire warning
Derived Forms
direly, adverb
direness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dīrus ominous, fearful; related to Greek deos fear
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Word Origin and History for dire
adj.

1560s, from Latin dirus "fearful, awful, boding ill," of unknown origin; perhaps from Oscan and Umbrian and perhaps cognate with Greek deinos, from PIE root *dwei-.

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