One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the dire economic situation’
terrible, dreadful, appalling, frightful, awful, horrible, atrocious, grim, unspeakable, distressing, harrowing, alarming, shocking, outrageous
grave, serious, grievous, disastrous, ruinous, calamitous, catastrophic, cataclysmic, devastating, crippling
miserable, wretched, woeful
informal lousy, chronic
archaic, humorous parlous
2‘he was in dire need of help’
urgent, desperate, pressing, crying, sore, grave, serious, extreme, acute, drastic
critical, crucial, vital
3‘dire warnings of fuel shortages’
ominous, portentous, gloomy, doom and gloom, sinister
grim, dreadful, dismal
unpropitious, inauspicious, unfavourable, pessimistic
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