1. [ adjective ] fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless
Synonyms: desperate

"a desperate illness" "on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel"- G.C.Marshall "a dire emergency"

Related terms: critical
2. [ adjective ] causing fear or dread or terror
Synonyms: terrible frightening dreadful awful fearful horrendous horrific dreaded fearsome dread direful

"the awful war" "an awful risk" "dire news" "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked" "the dread presence of the headmaster" "a dreaded disease" "a dreadful storm" "a fearful howling"

Related terms: alarming
Similar spelling:   dior