direful


dire·ful

adjective \ˈdī(-ə)r-fəl\

Definition of DIREFUL

1
:  dreadful <direful war began again — Charles Dickens>
2
:  ominous
dire·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb

Examples of DIREFUL

  1. <the stock market crash was the first direful indication of the dark days to come>
  2. <heard the direful howling of the wolves during the night>

First Known Use of DIREFUL

1565

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