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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a desperate/dire shortage (=very serious and worrying)
▪ There is a desperate shortage of fresh water in the disaster area.
a dire/gloomy prediction (=saying that something bad will happen)
▪ There have been some gloomy predictions about the economy recently.
abject/grinding/dire poverty (=extremely severe)
▪ He was shocked by the abject poverty that he saw.
disastrous/dire consequences (=very bad and damaging)
▪ If temperatures continue to rise, it could have disastrous consequences for agriculture.
in dire financial straits
▪ The firm is now in dire financial straits.
▪ Our only solace is that it was just as dire on all the other formats.
▪ The situation Clinton faces in 1996 is not nearly as dire as that which confronted Carter in 1979.
▪ The game consisted entirely of cavalry charges end to end. As dire a Leeds win as I have seen.
▪ But state, local and federal officials in Los Angeles said the situation was not as dire.
▪ We didn't make Abisko, chickening out as the weather worsened and the forecasts began to sound even more dire.
▪ The other challenge was perhaps more dire.
▪ Carried up to the Governor's House, in much physical pain, his mental pain proved to be more dire.
▪ In Florida, the situation is more dire.
▪ Screen acting doesn't get much more dire than this.
▪ Things grew more dire for Death Row in the fall.
▪ And somehow, in a setting that had once been rural, it seemed yet more dire.
▪ But they were not so dire as to scare investors into dumping government bonds.
▪ He said it could follow an incident so dire that the mind had to block it out, sometimes along with other things.
▪ There's no situation so dire that people who love each other can't see it through.
▪ As a result, at least some of the Bill's dire consequences were mitigated.
▪ Both suggest, either by statement or implication, that Buchanan is an extremist and warn of dire consequences to his nomination.
▪ The conditions may sound wonderful, but they can have dire consequences.
▪ Most came to realize that leading such an imbalanced life led to dire consequences.
▪ John Gibson highlights the regressive aspects of recent local government financial reform, and predicts dire consequences for the urban poor.
▪ He also warned of dire consequences such as hyper-inflation if the country failed to maintain a unified budget and a co-ordinated fiscal policy.
▪ The sweep into Putumayo promises equally dire consequences.
▪ Publicly the banks have suggested that there could be dire consequences for the City should the deals be ruled illegal.
▪ Good shape despite the dire forecasts still being made by much of the business world?
▪ The most dire forecasts say rising mercury on Earth could bring about both devastating floods and droughts.
▪ That was the rift that grabbed headlines late in 1990, as a result of a dire forecast.
▪ Take the current fascination with dire forecasts, for example.
▪ Feeling in dire need of fresh air, Ellie went outside into the grounds.
▪ She had helped me in my direst need.
▪ But many of them are in dire need of repair.
▪ There is a dire need to encourage juniors into academic obstetrics and gynaecology.
▪ But the passing over of Neil Back leaves the Lions without a commodity of which they could find themselves in dire need.
▪ Grandmothers, on whose distressed faces the direst poverty was written, raised their arms in greeting.
▪ The overwhelming impression left by the survey is one of dire poverty.
▪ The youngsters are living in dire poverty in their home country.
▪ The crisis has unsettled financial markets and brought dire predictions of revolution or civil war from some politicians.
▪ He was walking in spite of all those specialists and their dire predictions.
▪ When a highly qualified professional makes such a dire prediction, one has to sit up and take notice.
▪ He derived, so far as I could tell, not the slightest satisfaction from seeing his most dire predictions fulfilled.
▪ This dire situation exists despite a welter of management plans, royalties, taxes, and fees.
▪ When it comes to day-to-day operations, the increasingly dire situation cries out for hard-nosed decisions and solid business management.
▪ For those in truly dire straits, bankruptcy is sometimes the only option.
▪ The result is a society that was in dire straits because its cannibalism turned against itself, involving even small children.
▪ Everton, to put it bluntly, are in dire straits.
▪ He had had little idea of the dire straits prevailing at Berwick nor that time had all but run out.
▪ The dire warnings of world shortages have not come to pass.
▪ And still, where Fergie's behaviour merely offered dire warnings - Never misbehave.
▪ Several of these additives contain dire warnings of quite nasty effects, particularly upon certain groups of susceptible persons.
▪ The dire warning came yesterday from Stansted Airport's marketing director Colin Hobbs.
▪ Minutes later a reprieve arrived - a dire warning to all teetotallers!
be in dire straits
▪ Everton, to put it bluntly, are in dire straits.
▪ The result is a society that was in dire straits because its cannibalism turned against itself, involving even small children.
▪ The situation doesn't seem as dire as you described it.
▪ That too often meant that jobs went abroad to places with very low wages and dire standards of living.
▪ The conditions may sound wonderful, but they can have dire consequences.
▪ The overwhelming impression left by the survey is one of dire poverty.
▪ The threats were dire enough to make the Republicans look reckless when they refused to budge.
▪ Usually these reports concentrate on prophecies of a forthcoming Armageddon but many also describe a dire contemporary situation.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dire \Dire\ (d[imac]r), a. [Compar. Direr (d[imac]r"[~e]r); superl. Direst.] [L. dirus; of uncertain origin.]

  1. Ill-boding; portentous; as, dire omens.

  2. Evil in great degree; dreadful; dismal; horrible; terrible; lamentable.

    Dire was the tossing, deep the groans.

    Gorgons and hydras and chimeras dire.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1560s, from Latin dirus "fearful, awful, boding ill," which is of unknown origin; perhaps from Oscan and Umbrian and perhaps cognate with Greek deinos, from PIE root *dwei-.


a. 1 Warning of bad consequences: ill-boding; portentous. 2 Requiring action to prevent bad consequences: urgent, pressing.

  1. adj. fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless; "a desperate illness"; "on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel"- G.C.Marshall; "a dire emergency" [syn: desperate]

  2. causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse" [syn: awful, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible]


Diré is a town and commune on the left bank of the Niger River in the Tombouctou Region of Mali. In the 2009 census the population of the commune was 22,365. The town is the administrative center of the Diré Cercle. There are several languages spoken, but the main language is Songhay. The population is predominantly Muslim. Situated on the Niger River, the principal industries are agriculture and commerce.


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Dire (woreda)

Dire is one of the woredas in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia. Miyu was separated from Dire woreda. Located in the southern part of the Borena Zone, Dire is bordered on the south by Kenya, on the west by Teltele, on the north by Yabelo, on the northeast by Arero, and on the east by Moyale. Towns in Dire include Mega and Dubuluk.

Usage examples of "dire".

Some kind of dire temperature inversion had clamped itself down over the city like a bell jar, trapping and concentrating the cocktail of dust, automobile exhaust, coal smoke, woodsmoke, manure smoke, and the ammoniated gasses that rose up from the stewn excreta of millions of people and animals.

Lote-Tree are sharing with us the pangs of this bereavement, this direst of torments, and are partners in anguish of those who suffer here.

Caldwell was a little afraid of Bonhomme, wary of the scarred, rawboned trapper whom he only summoned in dire emergencies.

He did not reflect in his dire extremity that he had no arms, that I was stronger than he, that I had twice drawn his blood, and that the police, the landlord, the vetturirco, and the servants, were in the next room.

Her kind feminine fancy conjured up every possible extenuation of his dire offence.

Beith felt her world collapse, and suddenly a dire future flashed before her eyes for the child she had birthed.

And dire to tell, the sacred wine she bore 565 Fell from the cup in fleaks of clotted gore.

The hag sprung up, and stood confronting Glaucus with a face which would have befitted the fiercest of the Furies, so utterly dire and wrathful was its expression--yet even in horror and ghastliness preserving the outline and trace of beauty--and utterly free from that coarse grotesque at which the imaginations of the North have sought the source of terror.

Ty has no evidence of time-mobile races except some dire warnings in accounts half a million years old, plus the closure of his gate when he tried to contact the Kelsed, which was not necessarily indicative.

It spun and jerked, like a hyrax attacked by dire wolves, but it was too, late.

Je voudroy que pouvoy monstrer mon affection, mais je suis tant malhereuse, ci froid, ci layd, ci -- Je ne scay qui de dire -- excuse moi, Je suis tout vostre.

It is true that many workers across the world are subject to forced migrations in dire circumstances that are hardly liberatory in themselves.

Famished and homeless, loathed and loathing, wild, And hating good--for his immortal foe, He changed from starry shape, beauteous and mild, To a dire Snake, with man and beast unreconciled.

Had Lully used his skill in astrology not only to ensure that the best planetary influences should preside over the ignition of the athanor but also, Nostradamus-like, to forecast the future, he could have predicted dire fortunes for England and all Europe within a couple of years.

Whereupon the miserable father of this unfortunate daughter, suspecting that the gods and powers of heaven did envy her estate, went to the town called Milet to receive the Oracle of Apollo, where he made his prayers and offered sacrifice, and desired a husband for his daughter : but Apollo though he were a Grecian, and of the country of Ionia, because of the foundation of Milet, yet hee gave answer in Latine verse, the sence whereof was this :- Let Psyches corps be clad in mourning weed, And set on rock of yonder hill aloft : Her husband is no wight of humane seed, But Serpent dire and fierce as might be thought.