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

  Direful \Dire"ful\, a. [Dire + -ful.]
     Dire; dreadful; terrible; calamitous; woeful; as, a direful
     fiend; a direful day. -- Dire"ful*ly, adv. --
     Dire"ful*ness, n.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  direful
      adj 1: 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]

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