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Princeton's WordNet

  1. downfall, ruin, ruination(noun)

    failure that results in a loss of position or reputation

    fall, ruination, ruining, precipitation, ruin, wrecking, laying waste, dilapidation

  2. precipitation, downfall(noun)

    the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)

    fall, ruination, ruin, precipitation, hurriedness, haste, hurry, hastiness

  3. fall, downfall(noun)

    a sudden decline in strength or number or importance

    "the fall of the House of Hapsburg"

    gloam, ruination, autumn, declension, drop, pin, surrender, gloaming, precipitation, crepuscle, descent, capitulation, decline, declination, ruin, downslope, declivity, dip, fall, tumble, crepuscule, dusk, free fall, spill, evenfall, nightfall, twilight


  1. downfall(noun)


  2. downfall(noun)

    To fall down; deteriorate; decline.

    Many economic and political reasons led to the downfall of the Roman Empire.


  3. downfall(noun)

    The cause of such a fall; a critical blow or error.

    It is the downfall of evil, that it never sees far enough ahead. \uE000185625 Orson Scott Card


Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. downfall(n.)

    ruin, destruction, fall

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. downfall(n)

    downcome, descent, reverse, abasement, humiliation

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    fall, collapse, drop, undoing, ruin, decline, demise, overthrow

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How to use downfall in a sentence?

  1. Vicente Lim:

    You must, however, not lose your sense of humor, which is also a great item in your success. Sense of humor is the counterweight for your misfortunes which you will meet from time to time, from the smallest to the biggest ... If you take anything seriously without any sense of humor and you should happen to fail, it will be the beginning of your downfall.

  2. Svetlana Alexievich:

    Real people speak in my books about the main events of the age such as the war, the Chernobyl disaster, and the downfall of a great empire, but I don't just record a dry history of events and facts, I'm writing a history of human feelings.

  3. Vikrant Parsai:

    One of the major reasons for the downfall in many relationships is; too much “me” in “we”.

  4. Adolph Hitler:

    The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed the subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty.

  5. Nick Pendergrast:

    My one big takeaway from this whole process would to be a little bit more selfless and kind of think about other people, think about how other people are going to interpret what you are saying and then how they are going to react to it. Also marriage is not hard, but it’s definitely not easy and sometimes it takes a little bit to stop think about it and talk about it and really discuss things. Communication is my downfall.

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