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dire

adjective uk   /daɪər/ us    /daɪr/
very serious or extreme: These people are in dire need of help. He gave a dire warning that an earthquake was imminent. This decision will have dire consequences for local people.Serious and severeSevere informal very bad: I thought that film was dire!Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
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