Dire - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdaɪər|  American pronunciation of the word dire
Brit.  |ˈdaɪə|  British pronunciation of the word dire
- fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless (syn: desperate)
a dire emergency
- causing fear or dread or terror (syn: awful, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible)
dire news
a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked


The circumstances are now more dire than ever.

Some analysts are issuing dire economic forecasts.

They live in dire poverty.

I didn't say anything so dire, did I?

a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked

...any defiance of the authoritarian regime would have dire consequences...

...our eupeptic colleague was unfazed by our gloomy expressions and dire predictions...

The economy is in dire straits.

Errors in forecasting can have dire consequences.

The church was in dire (=very great) need of repair.

After the war the country's economy was in dire straits.

The firm is now in dire financial straits.

...hyperactive children who are in dire need of a guardian with a firm hand...

Word forms

comparative: direr
superlative: direst
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