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  1. dire

    Awful should not be used of things which are merely disagreeable or annoying, nor of all that are alarming and terrible, but only of such as bring a solemn awe upon the soul, as in the presence of a superior power; as, the awful hush before the battle. That which is awful arouses an oppressive, that which is august an admiring reverence; we speak of the august presence of a mighty monarch, the awful presence of death. We speak of an exalted station, a grand mountain, an imposing presence, a majestic cathedral, a noble mien, a solemn litany, a stately march, an august assembly, the awful scene of the Judgment Day.

    alarming, appalling, august, awful, direful, dread, dreadful, fearful, frightful, grand, horrible, imposing, majestic, noble, portentous, shocking, solemn, stately, terrible, terrific

    base, beggarly, commonplace, contemptible, despicable, humble, inferior, lowly, mean, paltry, undignified, vulgar

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  1. desperate, direadjective

    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"

    dread(a), fearful, dreaded, terrible, do-or-die(a), horrendous, fearsome, horrific, heroic, desperate, awful, frightening, despairing, direful, dreadful

    unalarming, noncritical, noncrucial

  2. awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terribleadjective

    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"

    noncrucial, noncritical, unalarming

Dictionary of English Synonymes1.0 / 1 vote

  1. direadjective

    dreadful, fearful, direful, shocking, terrible, horrid, horrible, awful, terrific, tremendous

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  1. Patrick Meehan:

    A lack of consequences for when nation states carry out cyberattacks has only emboldened these adversaries to do more harm, the attack on Sony shows the dire need to upgrade our cyber defenses.

  2. Ahmed Korayem:

    In our dire need to comprehend the divine, we created it, named it, clothed it, inundated it with details so trivial and punished others who disagree with it.

  3. Patrick Meehan:

    The attack on Sony shows the dire need to upgrade our cyber defenses.

  4. The Talmud:

    j'ai lu une phrase: pouvez-vous me dire si elle provient du Talmud? Tu ne seras pas puni pour les pêchés commis, mais pour touts les bons moments que tu n'as pas vécus


    I know that someday my works will be praised by the critics, revered by the skeptics, respected by the cynics, continue to be researched by the academics, and loved by all those who know truth throughout the world. it will defy description and pose a dire challenge to historical analysis. the truths I deliver stands on its own. I created reggae and told the world about- the technotyrannical society.

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  • رهيبArabic
  • зловещ, страшен, ужасенBulgarian
  • ondskabsfuld, skrækkelig, ildevarslendeDanish
  • händeringend, fürchterlich dringend, fatal, furchtbar, fürchterlich, verzweifelt, düster, schlimm, schrecklich, entsetzlich, böseGerman
  • Maligno, de mal agüero, terrible, portentosoSpanish
  • وخیمPersian
  • kamala, hirveä, pahaenteinen, kauheaFinnish
  • funeste, extrême, sinistre, terribleFrench
  • direIrish
  • szörnyűHungarian
  • չարագուշակArmenian
  • tremendo, terribile, catastrofico, tragicoItalian
  • baisusLithuanian
  • šausmīgsLatvian
  • verschrikkelijk, gevaarlijk, vreselijk, sinister, omineus, onheilspellendDutch
  • skummel, illevarslende, skrekkelig, ondskapsfullNorwegian
  • straszny, poważnyPolish
  • horrível, adoentado, terrívelPortuguese
  • ужасный, жуткий, страшный, зловещийRussian
  • หายนะThai
  • direYiddish

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