Betray or could not betray

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Source: Verbal Workout for the GRE, 6th Edition ebook by The Princeton Review - Rakuten Kobo

Although she conveyed the message calmly and without distress, Lin's expression betrayed the messages's _______ nature.
a. facetious b. impartial c. puerile d. uncommunicative e. dire

Hi! there! The answer to the blank is given dire. I'm a bit confused. I think, in order for the word 'dire' to be correct, the sentence should have been ---- "Although she conveyed the message calmly and without distress, Lin's expression could not betray the messages's _______ nature".

Can anyone help?
 
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