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downfall

Noun

1 failure that results in a loss of position or reputation [syn: ruin, ruination]
2 the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist) [syn: precipitation]
3 a sudden decline in strength or number or importance; "the fall of the House of Hapsburg" [syn: fall] [ant: rise]

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Etymology

down + fall

Noun

  1. A precipitous decline in fortune; a rapid deterioration, as in status or wealth.
    Many economic and political reasons led to the downfall of the Roman Empire.
  2. The cause of such a fall; a critical blow or error.
    It is the downfall of evil, that it never sees far enough ahead. — Orson Scott Card

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Translations

precipitous decline in fortune; a rapid deterioration, as in status or wealth
cause of such a fall; a critical blow or error

Extensive Definition

Downfall may refer to:
In music
downfall in German: Downfall
downfall in French: Downfall

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