adjective (direr; direst) Etymology: Latin dirus; akin to Greek deinos terrifying, Sanskrit dveṣṭi he hates Date: 1565 1. a. exciting horror <
dire suffering
b. dismal, oppressive <
dire days
2. warning of disaster <
a dire forecast
3. a. desperately urgent <
dire need
b. extreme <
dire poverty
direly adverbdireness noun

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