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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
humorous, archaic 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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