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 Meanings and Examples of DIRE
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 a.  fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless; causing fear or dread or terror
Classic Sentence:
1  Nevertheless, let me sup in spite of sorrow, for an empty stomach is a very importunate thing, and thrusts itself on a man's notice no matter how dire is his distress.
The Odyssey By Homer
Get Context   In BOOK VII
2  This was a dire blow to poor Elizabeth, who had relied with firmness upon Justine's innocence.
Frankenstein By Mary Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 8
3  Legree, cursing his ill luck, and vowing dire vengeance on the morrow, went to bed.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIX
4  That direful mishap was at the bottom of his temporary recluseness.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 106. Ahab's Leg.
5  With straining eyes, then, they remained on the outer edge of the direful zone, whose centre had now become the old man's head.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 133. The Chase—First Day.
6  Aye, aye, like many more thou told'st direful truth as touching thyself, O Parsee; but, Ahab, there thy shot fell short.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 135. The Chase.—Third Day.
7  Miserable I am, and must be for a time; for the catastrophe which drove me from a house I had found a paradise was of a strange and direful nature.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIX
8  Here had been grievous mismanagement; but, bad as it was, he gradually grew to feel that it had not been the most direful mistake in his plan of education.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Example Sentence:
1  There were dire warnings about the dangers of watching too much TV.
2  Despite dire threats of violence from extremist groups, the protest passed off peacefully.
3  The minister suggested that the dire prophecies of certain leading environmentalists were somewhat exaggerated.
4  After the war the county's economy was in dire straits.
5  A government split would have dire consequences for domestic peace.
6  "You'll be in dire trouble if you don't watch out."
7  A dire economic forecast; dire threats.