Synonyms of dire in English:
1 the dire economic situation
terrible, dreadful, appalling, frightful, awful, horrible, atrocious, grim, unspeakable, distressing, harrowing, alarming, shocking, outrageous;
grave, serious, grievous, disastrous, ruinous, calamitous, catastrophic, cataclysmic, devastating, crippling;
informal lousy, chronic
archaic or humorous parlous
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