Meaning of dire

dire

Pronunciation: (dīr), [key]
— dir•er, dir•est.
  1. causing or involving great fear or suffering; dreadful; terrible: a dire calamity.
  2. indicating trouble, disaster, misfortune, or the like: dire predictions about the stock market.
  3. urgent; desperate: in dire need of food.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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