Sentence Examples with the word dire

During his short pontificate the States of the Church suffered dire calamities, famine, epidemic and a fresh outbreak of brigandage.

It is of dire importance.

This last work, exhibited in 1848, obtained conspicuous success, but did not sell till Ledru Rollin, informed of the painter's dire distress, gave him Soo francs for it, and accompanied the purchase with a commission, the money for which enabled Millet to leave Paris for Barbizon, a village on the skirts of the forest of Fontainebleau.

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The Delians, suffering a dire pestilence, consulted their oracles, and were ordered to double the volume of the altar to their tutelary god, Apollo.

Amnestied in 1755 he returned to France, but soon sank into dire poverty, being forced to earn a pittance for his wife and family as a day labourer.

In that year they were lost; and the legists tell us that they are attempting to reconstruct par oir dire the gist of the lost archetype.

My time of the month has passed without its usual affliction and I am dire fearful of the consequences of why this might be so.

His facility in giving his confidence to unworthy people was now to be visited with dire calamity.

Immediately Fulbert, believing that her husband, who aided in the flight, designed to be rid of her, conceived a dire revenge.

The AustroGerman-Italian triple alliance was a dire blow to his expectations, and Crispi's policy with its irritating and galling pin-pricks caused the cup to overflow.