direness, dreadfulness, terribleness, cruelty ...1586 obs. rare
from Latin dīritās (fearfulness, frightfulness, dire event) from dīrus (fell, dreadful, dismal, mournful)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1586 - see EXAMPLE below
"...as if, how merciful soever God be in remitting, pardoning, forgiving all their transgressions, nevertheless so unappeasable is the rigour and dirity of his corrective justice, that till transgressors have endured, either in this world or another, vexation proportionable unto the pleasure..."
From: The Works of Richard Hooker
A Learned Sermon of The Nature of Pride
- Richard Hooker