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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 dire /ˈdaɪr/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dire a. [Compar. Direr superl. Direst.]
 1. Ill-boding; portentous; as, dire omens.
 2. Evil in great degree; dreadful; dismal; horrible; terrible; lamentable.
    Dire was the tossing, deep the groans.   --Milton.
    Gorgons and hydras and chimeras dire.   --Milton.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]
      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, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful,
          fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific,