1. Fraught with extreme danger;
    Nearly hopeless (synset 300654473)
    "a desperate illness"; "on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel"; "a dire emergency"
  2. Causing fear or dread or terror (synset 300195400)
    "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"

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