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Synonyms for failure
ˈfeɪl yər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. failure(noun)

    an act that fails

    "his failure to pass the test"

    Synonyms:
    bankruptcy, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person

    Antonyms:
    success

  2. failure(noun)

    an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose

    "the surprise party was a complete failure"

    Synonyms:
    bankruptcy, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person

    Antonyms:
    success

  3. failure(noun)

    lack of success

    "he felt that his entire life had been a failure"; "that year there was a crop failure"

    Synonyms:
    bankruptcy, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person

    Antonyms:
    success

  4. failure, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person(noun)

    a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently

    Synonyms:
    bankruptcy, loser, nonstarter, also-ran, unsuccessful person

    Antonyms:
    success

  5. failure(noun)

    an unexpected omission

    "he resented my failure to return his call"; "the mechanic's failure to check the brakes"

    Synonyms:
    bankruptcy, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person

    Antonyms:
    success

  6. bankruptcy, failure(noun)

    inability to discharge all your debts as they come due

    "the company had to declare bankruptcy"; "fraudulent loans led to the failure of many banks"

    Synonyms:
    bankruptcy, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person

    Antonyms:
    success

  7. failure(noun)

    loss of ability to function normally

    "kidney failure"

    Synonyms:
    bankruptcy, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person

    Antonyms:
    success

Wiktionary

  1. failure(noun)

    State or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, opposite of success.

    Antonyms:
    triumph, success

  2. failure(noun)

    Synonyms:
    loser

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. failure

    Misfortune is adverse fortune or any instance thereof, any untoward event, usually of lingering character or consequences, and such as the sufferer is not deemed directly responsible for; as, he had the misfortune to be born blind. Any considerable disappointment, failure, or misfortune, as regards outward circumstances, as loss of fortune, position, and the like, when long continued or attended with enduring consequences, constitutes adversity. For the loss of friends by death we commonly use affliction or bereavement. Calamity and disaster are used of sudden and severe misfortunes, often overwhelming; ill fortune and ill luck, of lighter troubles and failures. We speak of the misery of the poor, the hardships of the soldier. Affliction, chastening, trial, and tribulation have all an especially religious bearing, suggesting some disciplinary purpose of God with beneficent design. Affliction may be keen and bitter, but brief; tribulation is long and wearing. We speak of an affliction, but rarely of a tribulation, since tribulation is viewed as a continuous process, which may endure for years or for a lifetime; but we speak of our daily trials. Compare CATASTROPHE.

    Synonyms:
    adversity, affliction, bereavement, blow, calamity, chastening, chastisement, disappointment, disaster, distress, hardship, harm, ill, ill fortune, ill luck, misadventure, mischance, misery, misfortune, mishap, reverse, ruin, sorrow, stroke, trial, tribulation, trouble, visitation

    Antonyms:
    blessing, boon, comfort, consolation, good fortune, good luck, gratification, happiness, joy, pleasure, prosperity, relief, success, triumph

Editors Contribution

  1. distruption

    Submitted by anonymous on February 2, 2021  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. failure(n.)

    Synonyms:
    deficiency, defectiveness, shortcoming

  2. failure(n.)

    Synonyms:
    omission, neglect, FAIL, non-performance, non-observance

  3. failure(n.)

    Synonyms:
    miscarriage, botch, ill success, flash in the pan, labor for one's pains, losing game, wild-goose chase, sleeveless errand

  4. failure(n.)

    Synonyms:
    insolvency, bankruptcy, suspension of payment

  5. failure(n.)

    Synonyms:
    decay, decline, declension, loss

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How to use failure in a sentence?

  1. Don Davies:

    The colossal failure of Ms. Payette’s term falls squarely on his shoulders, it’s not a constitutional crisis. ... There is a system in place to allow for continuity of the role.

  2. Anonymous:

    General Failure's Fault. Not Yours.

  3. Renee Tucker:

    They placed an injured student on the school bus, we don’t know the extent that the injuries were worsened by the failure to render aid and certainly by picking him up and seating him on the school bus. Then they had him ride in that same school bus home without any support or stabilization of that leg.

  4. Gideon Wanjohi:

    As soon as I finished the porridge, I would head straight to the room where the prison warden gave us the drugs. A slight delay or failure meant a thorough beating with the cane, we would then sit and wait for lunch, sit and wait for dinner, then sleep.

  5. Oscar Auliq-Ice:

    If we do not put inequality at the heart of the global development agenda, we are doomed to failure.

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