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Definition 1: fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a desperate illness
  • on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel
  • a dire emergency

Synonyms for dire in the sense of this definition

(dire is similar to ...) being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency

"a critical shortage of food" "a critical illness" "an illness at the critical stage"

Definition 2: causing fear or dread or terror - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where dire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for dire in the sense of this definition

(dire is similar to ...) frightening because of an awareness of danger

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