Portending future disaster
Causing or able to cause fear
Compelling immediate attention
So serious as to be at the point of crisis or necessary to resolve a crisis
His childhood was passed in dire poverty.
I've heard of wolves morphing in dire situations, but always thought they were just stories.
He shook himself mentally to refocus on the dire circumstances before him but was unable to force the thought of Kiera from his mind.
It is of dire importance.
It shows me you have some inkling of the importance of this gift you possess and the dire consequences of it falling into the wrong hands.