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synonyms for direful

  • apocalyptic
  • appalling
  • awful
  • baleful
  • baneful
  • calamitous
  • dreadful
  • fateful
  • ghastly
  • gloomy
  • horrid
  • ill-boding
  • inauspicious
  • ominous
  • shocking
  • terrible
  • terrific
  • unlucky
  • unpropitious
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antonyms for direful

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  • good
  • nice
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How to use direful in a sentence

Riding forward, Moffat and Waterboer found a young woman belonging to the Mantatees, whose whole appearance denoted direful want.
ROBERT MOFFATDAVID J. DEANE
Ever since leaving England Charles and his followers had suffered from the most direful impecuniosity.
BELGIUMGEORGE W. T. (GEORGE WILLIAM THOMSON) OMOND
The Pope smiled when he saw his mighty frame and sinews of iron—a direful foe of the infidels!
GOD WILLS IT!WILLIAM STEARNS DAVIS
Save for a mouthful of bread while he buckled on his armor, he had tasted none that direful day.
GOD WILLS IT!WILLIAM STEARNS DAVIS
And as I reeled over the smoke, I saw you in direful peril, clutched by wanton hands, facing a fate worse than death!
GOD WILLS IT!WILLIAM STEARNS DAVIS
He sees direful figures in his dreams, his laugh is bitter, his anger rancorous.
THE HISTORY OF MODERN PAINTING, VOLUME 1 (OF 4)RICHARD MUTHER
My service, villain, with a fatal curse, That direful plagues and mischief fall on thee.
WITCH, WARLOCK, AND MAGICIANWILLIAM HENRY DAVENPORT ADAMS
His hostility to Abélard was direful, since he looked upon him as undermining Christianity and extinguishing faith in the world.
BEACON LIGHTS OF HISTORY, VOLUME VJOHN LORD
No warning voice was heard from her public bodies arousing her members to opposition to this direful deed.
THE WAY TO ABOLISH SLAVERYCHARLES STEARNS
The simple historical record shows that in what Bacon calls the 'insanity of states,' her influence has generally been direful.
THE EDUCATION OF AMERICAN GIRLSANNA CALLENDER BRACKETT
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WORDS RELATED TO DIREFUL

  • awful
  • direful
  • disgusting
  • disturbing
  • dreadful
  • eerie
  • frightening
  • ghoulish
  • gruesome
  • hair-raising
  • horrible
  • itching
  • itchy
  • macabre
  • menacing
  • nightmarish
  • ominous
  • shuddersome
  • sinister
  • terrifying
  • threatening
  • unpleasant
  • weird
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