downfall definition

  • noun:
    • a-sudden loss in wide range, ranking, reputation, or joy; damage.
    • a factor in unexpected ruin.
    • A fall of rain or snow, especially a heavy or unanticipated one.
    • A precipitous drop in lot of money; an instant deterioration, such as condition or wide range.
    • The cause of such a fall; a vital blow or mistake.
    • A sudden autumn; a body of things falling.
    • A sudden lineage from position or condition, reputation or pleasure; destruction; harm.
    • A falling downward; a fall; lineage: as, the downfall of a stream.
    • just what drops downward; a waterfall.
    • A pit; an abyss.
    • Descent or fall to a reduced place or standing; complete failure or overthrow; ruin: since, the downfall of Napoleon.
    • Waning; decay.
    • A kind of trap for which a weight or missile falls down if the set is sprung; a deadfall. See the plant.
    • failure that causes a loss in position or reputation
    • a rapid drop in energy or number or importance
    • the falling to planet of any as a type of water (rainfall or snowfall or hail or sleet or mist)
  • verb:
    • to-fall down; deteriorate; decrease.

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