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dire

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adjective \ˈdī(-ə)r\

Simple Definition of dire

  • : very bad : causing great fear or worry

  • : warning of disaster : showing a very bad future

  • : requiring immediate action : very urgent

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dire

direrdirest

  1. 1 a :  exciting horror <dire suffering> b :  dismal, oppressive <dire days>

  2. 2 :  warning of disaster <a dire forecast>

  3. 3 a :  desperately urgent <dire need> b :  extreme <dire poverty>

direly adverb
direness noun

Examples of dire in a sentence

  1. The alleged threat posed by Yellowstone's 3,600 buffalo came from the fact that they carry brucella, a bacterium that cycles harmlessly enough in Bison bison but has considerably more dire effects on cattle. —Christopher Ketcham, Harper's , June 2008

  2. Whether one is a lowly farmer or an urban worker, a student, professional, or a member of the elite, a meal is not complete unless rice is served to accompany the main viand of pork, fish, chicken, beef, vegetables or in the most dire circumstances, dry fish or salt. —Georgina R. Encanto, Food , April 2000

  3. All wild tigers are threatened with extinction, but Sumatran tigers are in especially dire straits because the world's zoos have only 235 of them in captive-breeding programs. —Audubon, November-December 1998

  4. The circumstances are now more dire than ever.

  5. Some analysts are issuing dire economic forecasts.

  6. They live in dire poverty.



Origin of dire

Latin dirus; akin to Greek deinos terrifying, Sanskrit dveṣṭi he hates


First Known Use: 1565

Rhymes with dire



DIRE Defined for Kids

dire

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adjective \ˈdīr\

Definition of dire for Students

direrdirest

  1. 1 :  causing horror or worry :  dreadful <a dire warning>

  2. 2 :  very urgent or serious <in dire need>





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