Definition of dire in English:

dire

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌɪə
 
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adjective

  • 2British informal Of a very poor quality: the concert was dire
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    • This coincided with his appearance in the movie, a fact that overrode the track's dire, insipid quality.
    • Unfortunately, the look is garish and the build quality dire.
    • The second period wasn't dire in comparison to the first, but the game was in danger of dying a death after the interval.

Derivatives

direly

adverb
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  • It is also very positive that leaders are making the right noises at this very crucial transitional time in our history, and hopefully this will be the start of inner-party reconciliation, which is so direly needed right now.
  • Since much of the economic activity, at this time, and as acknowledged time and time again, is directed by Government, if the corridors are correct, then it is time for corrective measures that are direly needed.
  • Well, the airport is now direly underused - only 300 passengers go through it every day - and, not surprisingly, it's a continual money-loser.

direness

noun
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  • Then taking matters into his own hands (because there was beginning to be talk of us performing at other functions), my brother the quiet genius that he was, concocted a plan that would address the direness of the situation.
  • An editorial in The Times Picayune today faulted the two New Orleans officials for their leadership during those first few days, and for their public statements about the direness of the situation.
  • Rather than an indicator of the quality of British food, the popular appeal of celebrity chefs on British TV is precisely because its direness.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin dirus 'fearful, threatening'.

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