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Synonyms for befall
bɪˈfɔlbe·fall

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. befall

    A thing is said to happen when no design is manifest, or none especially thought of; it is said to chance when it appears to be the result of accident (compare synonyms for ACCIDENT). An incident happens or occurs; something external or actual happens to one; a thought or fancy occurs to him. Befall and betide are transitive; happen is intransitive; something befalls or betides a person or happens to him. Betide is especially used for anticipated evil, thought of as waiting and coming at its appointed time; as, wo betide him! One event supervenes upon another event, one disease upon another, etc. ["Transpire," in the sense of happen, is not authorized by good usage: a thing that has happened is properly said to transpire when it becomes known.]

    Synonyms:
    bechance, betide, chance, come to pass, fall, fall out, happen, occur, supervene, take place

    Preposition:
    An event happens to a person; a person happens on or upon a fact, discovery, etc.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. befall

    Synonyms:
    happen, occur, betide, fall, supervene, bechance

    Antonyms:
    miss, pass, spare, pretermit

Princeton's WordNet

  1. befall, bechance, betideverb

    become of; happen to

    "He promised that no harm would befall her"; "What has become of my children?"

    Synonyms:
    betide, bechance, happen

  2. happen, befall, bechanceverb

    happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance

    "It happens that today is my birthday"; "These things befell" (Santayana)

    Synonyms:
    encounter, betide, materialise, fall out, bump, go on, occur, pass off, materialize, bechance, hap, happen, chance, take place, find, pass, come about

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. befallverb

    Synonyms:
    betide, overtake, happen to

  2. befallverb

    Synonyms:
    happen, occur, take place

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. befallverb

    Synonyms:
    happen, supervene, betide, bechance

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How to use befall in a sentence?

  1. Justice Louis Brandeis:

    No danger flowing from speech can be deemed clear and present unless the incidence of the evil apprehended is so imminent that it may befall before there is an opportunity for full discussion. Only an emergency can justify repression.

  2. Edward C. Banfield:

    Every political system is an accumulation of habits, customs, prejudices, and principles that have survived a long process of trial and error and of ceaseless response to changing circumstances. If the system works well on the whole, it is a lucky accident -- the luckiest, indeed, that can befall a society.

  3. Marcus Aelius Aurelius:

    Whatever may befall thee, it was preordained for thee from everlasting.

  4. Dean Haydon:

    The children were paralyzed by fear of Haque, who they understood to have connections to terrorists and who essentially told them that a violent fate would befall them if they told anyone what he was doing.

  5. Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson:

    I hold it true, whatever befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; 'Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.


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