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Needing immediate attention
“… a dire need for food and medicine in the famine-stricken country.”
Extremely serious or urgent
“But Wisconsin is arguably in the most dire straits.”
Being or showing a sign of evil or calamity to come
“The State Department has issued dire warnings with threats of tens of thousands of dollars in fines.”
Causing or marked by an atmosphere lacking in cheer
“… with stock prices steadily falling, these are dire days on the trading floor.”
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