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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  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

Princeton's WordNet

  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 Synonymes

  1. direadjective

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

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  1. Charlie Baker:

    Right now, our country is in dire need of Governor Christie’s tested, and strong leadership.

  2. Shriram Subramaniam:

    All interested bidders are aware that Fortis is in dire need of funds and that there could be contingent liabilities in the books of the company, that is the reason they may be unwilling to increase their bids without proper due diligence which the company seems to be reluctant to allow.

  3. Jim Clyburn:

    I think that Bernie Sanders brings a lot to the table for people to consider, anybody who refers to themselves as a democratic socialist, that word has always had really dire consequences throughout South Carolina.

  4. Peter Knights:

    The situation has gotten dire since 2008, when the demands in Asia and China rose.


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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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