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direful

[dahyuh r-fuh l] /ˈdaɪər fəl/
adjective
1.
dreadful; awful; terrible.
2.
indicating trouble:
direful forecasts.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; dire + -ful
Related forms
direfully, adverb
direfulness, noun
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  • Since then it has gradually failed under the direful work of sin.
  • The newspapers of the day were filled with accounts of this direful disaster, but there were few survivors to tell the tale.
  • There is no mystery about the origin of this direful disease.

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