Definition of downfall in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdaʊnfɔːl/


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, loss of power/prosperity/status;
defeat, conquest, vanquishing, toppling, deposition, ousting, unseating, overthrow, nemesis, destruction, annihilation, elimination, end, collapse, fall, crash, failure, debasement, degradation, disgrace;
1.1The cause of a loss of power, prosperity, or status: 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.
2A heavy fall of rain or snow: the wind was whipping up the downfall into deep drifts on the moor
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  • The last thing we need is a heavy downfall of rain and snow at this point.
  • She didn't know why, but seeing him so happy felt so refreshing, like breathing the crisp air after a heavy downfall of rain.
  • Sunday will be a mixture of sunny spells and downfalls of rain and Bank Holiday Monday will continue much like Sunday, with a slight breeze.

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