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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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Dreadful. Also: Extreme.

Usage examples (40)
  • When the travelers realized that they were lost and their food was gone their situation looked dire indeed.
  • All fell towards the Center in dire ruin, sinking down.
  • Every sharecropper I met was in dire financial straits.
  • "We're really in dire straits with resourcing," he said. for more
Tutoring comment
  • If a "dyer" (one who colors material with dye) uses the wrong color, he could be in "dire" (having serious or terrible consequences; desperate) trouble with his supervisor.
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