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awful or extreme
  • How to Memorize
    • dire - extreme
  • Analysis

    The word ‘dire’ is used in relation to a situation or circumstance that is a cause of great concern, typically due to an urgent need for something, a warning of an impending disaster, or a generally extreme situation. The word has only negative connotations, implying danger and hopelessness.

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  • Example(s)
    1. The decision to close the factory will have dire consequences for the town. It was by far the biggest employer in the area.

    2. Our house has a number of things wrong with it at the moment. It is in dire need of repair.

    3. Recent events have put the business on the brink of receivership. We’ll keep fighting, but the situation looks dire.