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 for dire
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. Evil in great degree; dreadful; dismal; horrible;
        terrible; lamentable.
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              Dire was the tossing, deep the groans. --Milton.
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              Gorgons and hydras and chimeras dire. --Milton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dire
      adj 1: 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,
             dire]
      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, dire,
         direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful,
         fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific,
         terrible]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  173 Moby Thesaurus words for "dire":
     abominable, apocalyptic, appalling, arrant, astounding, atrocious,
     awe-inspiring, awesome, awful, bad, badly off, baleful, baneful,
     base, beastly, beneath contempt, black, blameworthy, bodeful,
     boding, brutal, burning, calamitous, cataclysmal, cataclysmic,
     catastrophic, clamant, clamorous, climacteric, contemptible,
     critical, crucial, crying, dark, deplorable, depressed, depressing,
     desperate, despicable, destructive, detestable, direful,
     disastrous, disgusting, distressing, donsie, doomful, dread,
     dreaded, dreadful, dreary, egregious, enormous, evil, evil-starred,
     exigent, fatal, fateful, fell, fetid, filthy, flagrant, foreboding,
     formidable, fortuneless, foul, frightful, fulsome, funest, ghastly,
     ghoulish, gloomy, grievous, grim, grisly, gross, gruesome, hapless,
     hateful, heartbreaking, heinous, hideous, horrendous, horrible,
     horrid, horrific, horrifying, ill, ill off, ill-boding, ill-fated,
     ill-omened, ill-starred, imperative, importunate,
     in adverse circumstances, inauspicious, infamous, instant,
     lamentable, loathsome, lousy, lowering, luckless, macabre,
     menacing, monstrous, morbid, nasty, nefarious, noisome, notorious,
     obnoxious, odious, of evil portent, offensive, ominous,
     out of luck, outrageous, pitiable, pitiful, planet-struck,
     portending, portentous, rank, redoubtable, regrettable,
     reprehensible, repulsive, rotten, ruinous, sad, scandalous,
     schlock, schrecklich, scurvy, shabby, shameful, shocking, shoddy,
     short of luck, sinister, somber, sordid, squalid, star-crossed,
     terrible, terrific, threatening, too bad, tragic, tremendous,
     unblessed, unclean, underprivileged, unfavorable, unfortunate,
     unhappy, unlucky, unpromising, unpropitious, unprosperous,
     unprovidential, unspeakable, untoward, urgent, vile, villainous,
     woeful, worst, worthless, wreckful, wretched
  
  

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