Dire in a sentence

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Definition of Dire

  • Ill-boding; portentous; as, dire omens.
  • Evil in great degree; dreadful; dismal; horrible; terrible; lamentable.

How to use dire in a sentence. Dire pronunciation.

Foorgat was a dire jester.
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Within a few months her dire necessity had often pointed to the glasses; but she could not see without them, nor could she sell the gold frames unless she had means to have the glass set in commoner ones.
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He knew the fabulous rents that were paid for sites that looked insignificant; he repeated anecdotes of calls made from Somerset House upon men of business, who had been too modest in returning the statement of their income; he revived legends of dire financial disaster, and of catastrophe barely averted by strange expedients.
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In Savannah their views were well known, and to yield to orders from a Magistrate, who openly declared that promises made by the Trustees, who had put him in office, were not worth regarding, and who threatened them with mob violence, would have been to brand themselves as cowards, unworthy members of a Church which had outlived such dire persecution as that which overthrew the ancient Unitas Fratrum, and recreant to their own early faith, which had led them to abandon homes and kindred in Moravia, and seek liberty of conscience in another kingdom.
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Meanwhile, a dire famine falls on the Bretons, and a thousand horrible diseases.
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One of the grievances of the women-students was that Fanny Price would never share their gay meals in restaurants, and the reason was obvious: she had been oppressed by dire poverty.
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De telle sorte, la question d'Orient a été envisagée comme une affaire de succession ouverte, d'héritage revendiqué par certaines grandes puissances: on peut dire que, jusqu'ici, elle a été plutôt une question d'_Occident_. Au cours de ces dernières années, la lutte sourde qui dure depuis des siècles s'est circonscrite plus spécialement entre quatre grandes puissances: l'Allemagne, la Russie, l'Autriche et l'Italie.
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On parle, il est vrai, d'une action politique commune, déterminée par la crainte qu'inspire aux deux États le péril autrichien si réel; mais, au fond, on peut dire que leur jalousie réciproque l'emporte sur les autres considérations, car les Serbes convoitent Salonique autant que les Bulgares.
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On peut dire que l'ensemble du commerce de l'Orient était entre les mains de Venise, de Gênes, de Pise, de Raguse, qui jouissaient de privilèges exceptionnels.
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On peut dire que, jusqu'au commencement du dix-neuvième siècle, Venise fut, par la splendeur de sa culture et par ses richesses, un foyer de lumière pour les peuples balkaniques.
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Il va sans dire que le chef de la maison de Savoie ne prendrait pas le titre d'empereur d'Orient, mais d'empereur italien, cela pour ménager les susceptibilités les plus ombrageuses.
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La Roumanie n'est pas, à vrai dire, un État balkanique, ou plutôt elle ne l'est devenue, pour une infime partie de son territoire, que depuis le traité de Berlin.
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He stopped the balance-wheel which regulated the finances of the country, and introduced no end of commercial disorders, ending in dire disasters.
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And Ester turned in dire confusion.
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Maggie was above her elbows in the wash-tub, so I seized the pail, and in dire haste and dismay ran up two flights of stairs in search of mother.
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The wit has eluded all official zeal, and yet these dire jokes, these cunning thrusts,-this flaming sword of cherubim waved high in air illuminates the whole horizon and shows to the eyes of the Universe every wound it inflicts.
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Gerhardt stayed with his son for some time, and discussed the question of bail, fine, and the dire possibility of a jail sentence without arriving at any definite conclusion.
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She had no conception of this vanity which causes the man, at whom the street woman smiles, to feel flattered, though he knows full well what she is and her dire necessity.
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The number that we saw, and their conditions, all helped to emphasise the dire story of plague and famine.
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Nevertheless-and here I expect the reader to doubt, even as I did when first I heard it, no matter how desperate their straits-these gormandisers of unmentionable filth, these starvelings, in their dire extremity will turn away in disgust from duck or any other web-footed water-fowl. Billy Loutit had shot a Pelican; the skin was carefully preserved and the body guarded for the dogs, thinking that this big thing, weighing 6 or 7 pounds, would furnish a feast for one or two.
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Examples of Dire

Example #1
His eyes shut and opened again with a look not pleasant to see.
Example #2
He is in his grave.
Example #3
Moreover, the harpies who feed and thrive on the miseries of the poor, would in no case have given her more than twenty-five cents for them; and the short respite derived from that amount would not have compensated for the sacrifice.
Example #4
She had sold everything comfortable in the way of furniture; all her clothing but one respectable suit for the street, and the only thing remaining, that pointed to the history of better days, was a pair of gold eye-glasses, given her by her dying mother.
Example #5
To all this Nancy listened with only moderate interest; as often as not, she failed to understand the details which should have excited her wonder.
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Vast sums sounded perpetually on his lips; he glowed with envious delight in telling of speculations that had built up great fortunes.