Definition of dire adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    dire

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈdaɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaɪər//
     
    (direr, direst)
     
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  1. 1[usually before noun] (formal) very serious living in dire poverty dire warnings/threats Such action may have dire consequences. We're in dire need of your help. The firm is in dire straits (= in a very difficult situation) and may go bankrupt.
  2. 2(British English, informal) very bad The acting was dire.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin dirus ‘fearful, threatening’.Extra examples The weather was absolutely dire. Such action may have dire consequences. The firm is in dire straits and may go bankrupt. They were living in dire poverty. We’re in dire need of your help.
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