Definition of direness in US English:

direness

noun

  • See dire

    • ‘Another task was to arouse awareness throughout society, especially the well-to-do and the intellectuals, of the direness of the plight of the poor and the destitute.’
    • ‘Rather than an indicator of the quality of British food, the popular appeal of celebrity chefs on British TV is precisely because its direness.’
    • ‘As much a warning shot as a call to arms, this snapshot of the revolution still strikes a collective nerve - a testament to the potency of its vision and the direness of the times.’
    • ‘Then taking matters into his own hands (because there was beginning to be talk of us performing at other functions), my brother the quiet genius that he was, concocted a plan that would address the direness of the situation.’
    • ‘An editorial in The Times Picayune today faulted the two New Orleans officials for their leadership during those first few days, and for their public statements about the direness of the situation.’

Pronunciation

direness

/ˈdaɪrnəs//ˈdīrnəs/