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Synonyms for dire

Synonyms for (adjective) dire

Synonyms: horrendous, horrific, awful, dire, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, frightening, fearful, fearsome, terrible Definition: causing fear or dread or terror Usage: 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

Similar words: alarming Definition: frightening because of an awareness of danger

Synonyms: dire, desperate Definition: fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless Usage: a desperate illness; on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel- G.C.Marshall; a dire emergency

Similar words: critical Definition: being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency Usage: a critical shortage of food; a critical illness; an illness at the critical stage