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"
awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible(adj)
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"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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The option to use active duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort, and only in the most urgent and dire of situations. We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.
You've now heard from legal scholars from a variety of schools of thought, from a variety of political backgrounds, but they do have a common theme with a dire warning -- danger, danger, danger, these articles must be rejected.
Many water and waste water treatment works, pipelines, pump stations and reticulation pipe networks are in dire need of rehabilitation if not past their 'sell by' date, certain poor and undeveloped areas are already experiencing water shedding.
I don’t know that I would say put Christians at the front of the line in every case, but I would say, as a policy, to put religious minorities first, in Iraq and Syria, Christians and Yazidis are the minority, and their situation is dire.
The engraved shapes depict a straight line going to the center of an arc, about 15 such engravings were documented on the ceiling of the dolmen, spread out in a kind of arc along the ceiling. SCIENTISTS ISSUE DIRE WARNING ABOUT TOMB OF JESUS.
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- страшен, ужасен, зловещBulgarian
- ildevarslende, skrækkelig, ondskabsfuldDanish
- händeringend, entsetzlich, böse, schrecklich, schlimm, düster, verzweifelt, fürchterlich, furchtbar, fatal, fürchterlich dringendGerman
- Maligno, de mal agüero, portentoso, terribleSpanish
- kauhea, kamala, pahaenteinen, hirveäFinnish
- extrême, terrible, funeste, sinistreFrench
- tremendo, tragico, terribile, catastroficoItalian
- vreselijk, onheilspellend, omineus, sinister, verschrikkelijk, gevaarlijkDutch
- illevarslende, skummel, ondskapsfull, skrekkeligNorwegian
- poważny, strasznyPolish
- terrível, horrível, adoentadoPortuguese
- жуткий, ужасный, страшный, зловещийRussian
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