Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Most dire; dreadful; terrible.

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Usage examples "direful":

  1. For two years in my direful case that limitation prevailed. - "Green Tea; Mr. Justice Harbottle", Joseph Sheridan LeFanu.
  2. For henceforth they were to dwell in the chill of this direful shadow that would tower above all the concerns of life whether great or small; that would add despair to every sorrow, and take the very soul and substance from every joy. - "The Just and the Unjust", Vaughan Kester.
  3. She it was who took the news of Wylo's direful sickness there, and implored the aid of a rival medicine- man. - "My Tropic Isle", E J Banfield.