direful

adjective
dire·​ful | \ ˈdī(-ə)r-fəl How to pronounce direful (audio) \

Definition of direful

1 : dreadful direful war began again— Charles Dickens
2 : ominous

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direfully \ ˈdī(-​ə)r-​fə-​lē How to pronounce direfully (audio) \ adverb

Examples of direful in a Sentence

the stock market crash was the first direful indication of the dark days to come heard the direful howling of the wolves during the night

First Known Use of direful

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of direful was in 1565

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