direful

adjective dire·ful \ ˈdī(-ə)r-fəl \

Definition of direful

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

direfully

play \-fə-lē\ adverb

Examples of direful in a Sentence

  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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