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failure

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of failure

  1. 1 the nonperformance of an assigned or expected action <your failure to check the batteries in the smoke detector could have tragic results> Synonyms default, delinquency, dereliction, misprision, neglect, negligence, nonfeasance, oversight Related Words carelessness, heedlessness, inadvertence, inadvertency, laxity Near Antonyms compliance, discharge, fulfillment (or fulfilment)

  2. 2 a falling short of one's goals <the failure of the school's fund-raising drive was a big disappointment to all> Synonyms collapse, crash, cropper, defeat, fizzle, nonachievement, nonsuccess Related Words futility, uselessness; ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness, inefficaciousness, inefficacy; deficiency, inadequacy, inadequateness, insufficiency; disappointment, letdown, setback Near Antonyms victory, win Antonyms accomplishment, achievement, success

  3. 3 something that has failed <the students' first attempt to build a homemade rocket was a disappointing failure> Synonyms bomb, bummer, bust, catastrophe, clinker, clunker, debacle (also débâcle), disaster, dud, fiasco, fizzle, flop, frost, lemon, loser, miss, shipwreck, turkey, washout Related Words also-ran, disappointment, dog, has-been, near miss; botch, hash, mess, muddle, shambles; nonevent; nonstarter Near Antonyms corker, crackerjack (also crackajack), dandy, jim-dandy, phenomenon Antonyms blockbuster, hit, smash, success, winner

  4. 4 a falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number <the failure of the potato crop had a devastating effect on the population of Ireland> Synonyms crunch, dearth, deficit, drought (also drouth), deficiency, famine, inadequacy, inadequateness, insufficiency, lack, lacuna, paucity, pinch, poverty, scantiness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, wantRelated Words absence, omission; meagerness, poorness, skimpiness; necessity, need, privationNear Antonyms bountifulness, copiousness; excess, overabundance, oversupply, surfeit, surplusAntonyms abundance, adequacy, amplitude, opulence, plenitude, plenty, sufficiency, wealth

  5. 5 the inability to pay one's debts <years of prolonged economic depression, when business failures were common> Synonyms bankruptcy, insolvency, ruinRelated Words Chapter 11Antonyms solvency




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