Synonyms of dire in English:

dire


See definition of dire

adjective

1‘the dire economic situation’

SYNONYMS

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

hopeless, irretrievable

informal lousy, chronic

literary direful

archaic, humorous parlous

ANTONYMS

good

2‘he was in dire need of help’

SYNONYMS

urgent, desperate, pressing, crying, sore, grave, serious, extreme, acute, drastic

critical, crucial, vital

ANTONYMS

mild

3‘dire warnings of fuel shortages’

SYNONYMS

ominous, portentous, gloomy, doom and gloom, sinister

grim, dreadful, dismal

unpropitious, inauspicious, unfavourable, pessimistic

ANTONYMS

encouraging