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Grave ImportancePlay
Used to express situations with serious implications, often life-affecting. SlideWildlife faces dire consequences due to habitat loss.
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Not Just BadPlay
Indicates a situation worse than bad; implies extreme negativity. SlideThe town endured dire circumstances after the storm.
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Intensity MarkerPlay
Amplifies the severity of a need or crisis. SlideHe was in dire need of medical assistance.