What does the word direful mean?

    Part of speech: adverb

  • Direfully.

  • Part of speech: noun


  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Most dire; dreadful; terrible.

Usage examples for direful

  1. 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 by Vaughan Kester
  2. 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 by E J Banfield