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Dictionary definition for: Dire

1. (s) 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"

2. (s) 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" "

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