- s causing fear or dread or terror
a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked
- Despite direful predictions which were made a year and even six months ago, the current year will go down as the most prosperous in history for motor manufacturers.
- Consulting the planets, Astrologer Mahant Raghvir Dass, high priest of Delhi's Hanuman (Monkey God) temple, made a direful prediction: "The 13 months after May 5, 1955, will be.
- It was not so much the defeat in the November elections (the Republicans were used to defeat) but the direful question: What was wrong with the Republican Party? Nobody knew.