Definition of downfall in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdounˌfôl/


1A loss of power, prosperity, or status: the crisis led to the downfall of the government
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  • The edge he plays with can lead to his downfall if he takes undisciplined penalties.
  • It was this merger of Malchut and Mochiach that eventually led to the downfall of the empire.
  • But there is one other sticky point that could very easily lead to his downfall.
undoing, ruin, ruination;
defeat, conquest, deposition, overthrow;
nemesis, destruction, annihilation, elimination;
end, collapse, fall, crash, failure;
debasement, degradation, disgrace;
1.1The cause of a downfall: his intractability will prove to be his downfall
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  • In the realm of the tragic hero there is always a fatal flaw in his personality that causes or precipitates his downfall.
  • The combined forces of Harold and Tostig drove Gruffydd back into Wales, and in 1063 caused his downfall and death.
  • It was widely rumored on Tuesday that his alleged wrongdoing and poor damage control would cause his downfall.

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