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  • 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
  • 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
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