dire dire  /ˈdaɪr/


  1. (adj) fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless
  2. (adj) causing fear or dread or terror


  1. The rest were in dire straits, attacked on one flank by fading revenues, on the other by reformers who think the public schools are undemocratic.
  2. It has brought me a lot of strength and wisdom in the sense that even in the most dire times, I didn't get lost.
  3. Such dire predictions have been made before and proved wrong.


  1. The Carbon Is Too Damn High

    A new report from the International Energy Agency has a dire warning: Despite our best efforts, we’re putting more and more emissions into the atmosphere It’s not just the percentage of the atmosphere occupied by carbon dioxide that’s reached a high not seen in millions of years (400 ppm, as of May). A new warning put out by the Paris-based International Energy Agency claims that carbon ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Fast Company Magazine

  2. Michigan Senate Acknowledges 'Talk Like A Pirate Day'

    A'vast me fellow matey! Cast aside 'ye dire issues at hand and come aboard! It's time the state of Michigan recognizes what is indeed the most important day of days! Aaargghh, or whatever. Citing reason to give the holiday "the recognition it truly deserves," state Sen. Roger Kahn wore an eye patch Wednesday, stood up at the microphone in the Senate chamber, and offered a resolution for the ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Jalopnik

  3. Syria’s rebel leadership makes new pleas to Washington

    Saying their situation is dire after the loss of a key border town last week, the rebels ask again for weapons.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Washington Post


  1. "One of the most significant contributors to this recession was a financial crisis as dire as any we've known in generations," Obama said in the historic Great Hall of New York's Cooper Union. "And that crisis was born of a failure of...
    on Apr 22, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: msnbc.com

  2. Paulson said that the emphasis in the program was changed in reaction to rapidly moving events as the situation in credit markets "became even more dire."
    on Oct 22, 2008 By: Henry Paulson Source: guardian.co.uk

  3. "Our situation was dire. Canada was in a lot of trouble at that point," Martin said. "If we were going to preserve our health care and our education system we had to do it."
    on Jun 20, 2010 By: Paul Martin Source: The Associated Press

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