Synonyms and Antonyms of direful
being or showing a sign of evil or calamity to come
- The stock market crash was the first direful indication of the dark days to come.
baleful, dire, foreboding, ill, ill-boding, inauspicious, menacing, minatory, ominous, portentous, sinister, threatening
black, bleak, cheerless, chill, cold, comfortless, dark, darkening, depressing, depressive, desolate, dim, disconsolate, dismal, drear, dreary, forlorn, funereal, gloomy, glum, godforsaken, gray (also grey), lonely, lonesome, lugubrious, miserable, morbid, morose, murky, saturnine, sepulchral, somber (or sombre), sullen, wretched
discouraging, disheartening, hopeless, unfavorable, unpromising, unpropitious
ill-fated, ill-starred, star-crossed, troubled, unfortunate, unlucky
evil, malign, malignant
auspicious, benign, bright, encouraging, favorable, golden, heartening, hopeful, promising, propitious, prosperous
- We heard the direful howling of the wolves during the night.
alarming, dire, dread, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, forbidding, formidable, frightening, frightful, ghastly, hair-raising, horrendous, horrible, horrifying, intimidating, redoubtable, scary, shocking, terrible, terrifying
daunting, demoralizing, disconcerting, discouraging, dismaying, disquieting, distressing, disturbing, perturbing, startling, threatening, troubling, trying, unnerving
bone-chilling, creepy, eerie (also eery), weird
appalling, atrocious, awful, grisly, gruesome (also grewsome), hideous, horrid, macabre, monstrous, nightmarish
calming, comforting, consoling, inviting, lulling, pacifying, quieting, reassuring, relaxing, soothing, tranquilizing (also tranquillizing)