Definition of downfall
1a : a sudden fall (as from power)b : a fall (as of snow or rain) especially when sudden or heavy
2 : something that causes a downfall (as of a person) gambling was his downfall
downfallenplay \-ˌfȯ-lən\ adjective
Examples of downfall in a sentence
Their downfall was the result of several bad decisions.
Bad decision-making was their downfall.
First Known Use of downfall
DOWNFALL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of downfall for English Language Learners
: a sudden loss of power, happiness, success, etc.
: something that causes failure
DOWNFALL Defined for Kids
Definition of downfall for Students
: 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.
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