Associations to the word «Dire»


DIRE, adjective. Warning of bad consequences: ill-boding; portentous.
DIRE, adjective. Requiring action to prevent bad consequences: urgent, pressing.
DIRE, adjective. Expressing bad consequences: dreadful; dismal; horrible; terrible; lamentable.
DIRE, adjective. (informal) Bad in quality, awful, terrible.
DIRE STRAIGHTS, noun. Misspelling of dire straits.
DIRE STRAITS, noun. A difficult position
DIRE WOLF, noun. An extinct canine (Canis dirus) from the Pleistocene era

Dictionary definition

DIRE, adjective. Fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless; "a desperate illness"; "on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel"- G.C.Marshall; "a dire emergency".
DIRE, adjective. Causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse".

Wise words

He that hath knowledge spareth his words.
Francis Bacon