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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Direness Terribleness; horror; woefulness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first music video ever played on MTV Europe was by Dire Straits, "Money For Nothing."
    • n direness Terribleness; horribleness; fearfulness.
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  • Jane Austen
    “One has not great hopes from Birmingham. I always say there is something direful in the sound.”
  • George Meredith
    “The most dire disaster in love is the death of imagination.”
  • Euripides
    “Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.”


In dire straits - If you're in dire straits, you're in serious trouble or difficulties.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dire-, + -ness,


In literature:

Mallard looked at it from the balcony, and was direly tempted.
"The Emancipated" by George Gissing
Brewster, in dire trepidation, hastened to the office of the attorneys.
"Brewster's Millions" by George Barr McCutcheon
Immense gratification was expressed by those of the reformed religion; dire threats were uttered against the Catholics.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1584-86, Vol. I. (of IV) Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
Savoy, after direful hesitations, had committed herself body and soul to the great enterprise.
"The Life of John of Barneveld, 1609-15, Volume I." by John Lothrop Motley
Un moment, on a pu dire qu'il tenait un veritable succes: il s'en rendait compte et en devenait meilleur.
"Histoires grises" by E. Edouard Tavernier
Again and again Jo had come round to the rest-house since one direful day, but had not, found his way therein.
"The Right of Way, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
There was the dire necessity of going back into the dancing-room again, and he was beginning to be conscious of that.
"The Mill on the Floss" by George Eliot
What maxims of delicacy will not the dire calls of necessity infringe!
"The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom, Complete" by Tobias Smollett
What drove him to so dire a parricide?
"Wilhelm Tell" by Friedrich Schiller
I feel a dire foreboding.
"Don Carlos A Play" by Friedrich Schiller
What brain-bewildering planet o'er your minds Sheds dire perplexity?
"The Maid of Orleans A Tragedy" by Friedrich Schiller
Oh, direful shows The deed of death!
"The Bride of Messina A Tragedy" by Friedrich Schiller
Was he not the mysterious likeness of that awful Mother, beautiful as Apollo in one aspect, direful as Typhon in another?
"A Strange Story, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
They had heard, however, that in times of dire need help would come upon the blowing of a whistle.
"The Little Washingtons' Travels" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
His indulgent life had acted on the Professor with a dire physical effect.
"When It Was Dark" by Guy Thorne
The corn yielded ill in the hard scorched ground, and when the winter came it was a time of dire scarcity and distress.
"Folle-Farine" by Ouida
Swift as a commuter's kiss at the ferry gang-plank might be expected the direful finale.
"The Army Mule and Other War Sketches" by Henry A. Castle
He broke into threats of dire revenge on Powell.
"The Long Dim Trail" by Forrestine C. Hooker
There were dire forebodings of coming disaster in the air and in the winds.
"The Hill of Venus" by Nathan Gallizier
In Na-stroend there is a vast and direful structure with doors that face the north.
"Demonology and Devil-lore" by Moncure Daniel Conway

In poetry:

And on thro’ the night like the voice of a sprite
That tells of a dire mishap
It echoes around in the gully’s bound
And out thro’ Deadman’s Gap.
"The Legend of Cooee Gully" by Henry Lawson
That modern meditation broke
His spell, that penmen's pleadings dealt a stroke,
Say some; and some that crimes too dire
Did much to mire his crimson cloak.
"The Sick God." by Thomas Hardy
O'er head the vivid lightnings flash,
With direful din the thunders crash;
Now down into the horrid trough so deep,
And now some billow's snowy crest they sweep.
"Samoa's Storm" by George Hannibal Temple
When Love was born of heavenly line,
What dire intrigues disturbed Cythera's joy!
Till Venus cried, "A mother's heart is mine;
None but myself shall nurse my boy,"
"The Birth Of Love" by William Wordsworth
I thought I plunged into that dire Abyss
Which is Oblivion, the house of Death.
I thought there blew upon my soul the breath
Of time that was but never more can be.
"The Dead Gods" by Cale Young Rice
He sprang to her arm, which loosely fell,
Crying: "No! not yet that dire eclipse!"
Now loud laughed the dancers, and whirled pell-mell
(While the echoes hurried away!).
"A Youth's Suicide" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop

In news:

MOVIES It's a depressing life: Hollywood is spreading very little cheer this Christmas, releasing films on such dire subjects as AIDS ("Philadelphia"), the Holocaust ("Schindler's List," above) and the Vietnam war ("Heaven and Earth").
This man is in dire need of the Pedestrian Horn.
"Runner's knee," common to nearly anyone who has hit the road, carries dire warnings and fear.
Monetary policy in the US has tightened, inadvertently, but with potentially dire consequences for the economy, employment and the stock market.
Ignoring a basic safety precaution can lead to dire consequences.
Educators warn about dire consequences of Congressional inaction on the nation's 50 million students.
It's probably already too late to avoid some dire effects of global warming.
If you've got Scottish blood and find yourself in dire need of the lowland "tuxedo" of your native land, all you need to do is call Barbara and Charlene McGowan and schedule a visit to their in-home shop in Arlington.
Retail Associations Say Dire Predictions Didn't Come True.
Ignoring the signs of dire need, the government is slashing its housing budget.
With Connecticut's dire financial outlook, could it be time to start selling some assets.
Working with data that has no, or little, meaning leaves an information process in just about the same dire circumstances.
Dire Times For Iraq's Christians.
Criminal Law – Defendant's absence during voir dire didn't affect right.
Where a plaintiff in a motor vehicle accident case has moved for attorney-conducted voir dire, the motion should be allowed subject to a number of conditions.

In science:

The situation may seem dire, but progress in several subproblems has been made.
Common envelope: the progress and the pitfalls
One thus often speaks of device-independent randomness expansion (DIRE). A scheme achieving quadratic expansion was presented in, where it was also suggested to use more than one pair of devices to obtain greater (e.g., exponential) expansion.
Security of practical private randomness generation
In Section 3, we then analyse the security of DIRE from this perspective.
Security of practical private randomness generation
We briefly discuss how these results directly imply the security of various DIRE schemes in subsection 3.4.
Security of practical private randomness generation
In the case of DIRE, assuming that the devices originate from a honest provider has not only experimental implications, but also theoretical ones.
Security of practical private randomness generation
Remark that the two above implications are specific to DIRE but would not hold for most DI cryptographic protocols.
Security of practical private randomness generation
This is due to the fact that DIRE is a single user protocol completely carried out in a single secure lab and which therefore does not allow for the possibility of interactive attacks by the adversary.
Security of practical private randomness generation
In the following section we analyse DIRE from the perspective discussed above, and show in particular how to prove the security of a DIRE protocol against classical side-information.
Security of practical private randomness generation
Confinement along the cavity axis and a dire ction perpendicular to it is achieved with a weak cavity-stabilization laser and a strong retroreflected dipole laser, respectively.
A Single-Photon Server with Just One Atom
We attempt a first estimation of the layer composition by dire ct comparison of opacities.
The molecular and dusty composition of Betelgeuse's inner circumstellar environment
Introduzione. Ogni “storia della fisica”, in senso moderno, è da intendersi soprattutto come una storia del pensiero scientifico-fisico; pensiero il quale ai giorni nostri ha al suo attivo contenuti culturali, formativi, filosofici, logici, che ben si possono dire il prodotto caratteristico e l'eredità del XX secolo.
Aspetti Moderni della Fisica Greca [Modern Aspects of Ancient Greek Physics]
In the Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt (CHSH) setup, one may consider a source that emits pairs of spin 1/2 particles, one going to station A “Alice ” and the other, in opposite dire ction, to station B “Bob ”.
Where Bell went wrong
Si la vari´et´e V est orient´e, c’ est-`a-dire si elle est orientable et si l”on a choisi une orientation ε, `a toute forme impaire αest associ´ee une forme paire εα.
Reply to Itin, Obukhov and Hehl paper "An Electric Charge has no Screw Sense - A Comment on the Twist-Free Formulation of Electrodynamics by da Rocha & Rodrigues"
In this work we are taking first steps into this dire ction.
Fitting of dust spectra with genetic algorithms - I. Perspectives & Limitations
Yet, there’s not a single one whose title contains “evidence” or “confirm.” In other words, clarification and further experimental input are direly needed.
Study of kaonic final states in $\pi^-p$ at $190\,\textrm{GeV}$