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downfall

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of downfall

  1. 1 something that is the cause of one's ultimate failure or loss of life <an insatiable love of money would be their downfall> Synonyms death, destruction, ruin, ruination, undoing Related Words bane, curse, torment; Achilles' heel, tragic flaw Phrases kiss of death

  2. 2 a change to a lower state or level <the gradual downfall of the Roman Empire> Synonyms decadence, declension, declination, degeneracy, degeneration, degradation, dégringolade, descent, deterioration, devolution, decline, downgrade, ebb, eclipse, fallRelated Words dark age, nadir, sunset; decay, rotting, spoiling; breakup, crumbling, decomposition, disintegration, dissolution; abasement, debasement; depreciation, lessening; decimation, demolishment, demolition, desolation, destruction, havoc, ruin, ruination; abatement, decrease, decrement, de-escalation, deflation, diminishment, diminution, dip, downslide, downtrend, downturn, drop, drop-off, falloff, loss, lowering, reduction, sag, shrinkage, slip, slumpNear Antonyms advancement, development, evolution, growth; blossoming, flourishing, flowering; renewal, restoration, revitalization; heightening; accretion, accrual, addendum, addition, augmentation, boost, enhancement, gain, increase, increment, raise, supplementAntonyms ascent, rise, upswing

  3. 3 a loss of status <an ill-advised speech that proved to be the cause of the candidate's downfall> Synonyms decline, dégringolade, demise, descent, down, comedown, fall, flameout, GötterdämmerungRelated Words breakdown, burnout, collapse, crash, meltdown, ruin, undoing; defeat, disappointment, reversal, setback; bottom, nadir; abasement, disgrace, humiliationNear Antonyms advance, headway, progress; flower, heyday, primeAntonyms aggrandizement, ascent, exaltation, rise, up

  4. 4 a steady falling of water from the sky in significant quantity <we ducked under an overhang to shelter ourselves from the sudden downfall> Synonyms cloudburst, deluge, rain, downpour, rainfall, rainstorm, storm, wetRelated Words precipitation, shower; thundershower, thunderstorm, weatherNear Antonyms drizzle, mist, mizzle, scud, spit, sprinkle





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