What does direful mean?

Definitions for direful
ˈdaɪər fəldire·ful

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terribleadjective

    causing fear or dread or terror

    "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse"


  1. direfuladjective

    inspiring fear; fearful, terrible


  2. direfuladjective

    portending disaster; portentous; ominous

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Direfuladjective

    This word is frequent among the poets, but has been censured as not analogical; all other words compounded with full consisting of a substantive and full, Dire; dreadful; dismal.

    Point of spear it never piercen would,
    Ne dint of direful sword, divide the substance could. Fa. Qu.

    But yet at last, whereas the direful fiend,
    She saw not stir, off shaking vain affright,
    She nigher drew, and saw that joyous end;
    Then God she pray’d, and thank’d her faithful knight. Fa. Qu.

    Direful hap betide that hated wretch
    That makes us wretched by the death of thee. William Shakespeare, K. Rich.

    The voice of God himself speaks in the heart of men, whether they understand it or no; and by secret intimations gives the sinner a foretaste of that direful cup, which he is like to drink more deeply of hereafter. Robert South, Serm.

    I curs’d the direful author of my woes:
    ’Twas told again, and thence my ruin rose. Dryden.

    The wrath of Peleus’ son, the direful spring
    Of all the Grecian woes, O goddess, sing. Alexander Pope.


  1. direful

    Direful refers to something extremely dreadful, terrible, calamitous or causing great fear or suffering. It generally refers to situations or events that are horrifying or disastrous.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Direfuladjective

    dire; dreadful; terrible; calamitous; woeful; as, a direful fiend; a direful day

  2. Etymology: [Dire + -ful.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of direful in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of direful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3


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