downfall

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noun down·fall \ˈdau̇n-ˌfȯl\

Definition of downfall

  1. 1a :  a sudden fall (as from power)b :  a fall (as of snow or rain) especially when sudden or heavy

  2. 2 :  something that causes a downfall (as of a person) <gambling was his downfall>

downfallen

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Examples of downfall in a sentence

  1. Their downfall was the result of several bad decisions.

  2. Bad decision-making was their downfall.

13th Century

First Known Use of downfall

13th century


DOWNFALL Defined for English Language Learners

downfall

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noun down·fall \ˈdau̇n-ˌfȯl\

Definition of downfall for English Language Learners

  • : a sudden loss of power, happiness, success, etc.

  • : something that causes failure


DOWNFALL Defined for Kids

downfall

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noun down·fall \ˈdau̇n-ˌfȯl\

Definition of downfall for Students

  1. :  a sudden fall (as from power, happiness, or a high position) or the cause of such a fall <the downfall of the Roman Empire> <Greed proved to be his downfall.>

downfallen

\-ˌfȯl-ən\ adjective


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