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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

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. Unknown:

    Success always occurs in private and failure in full public view.

  2. Tom Hopkins:

    I never see failure as failure, but only as the game I must play and win.

  3. President Trump:

    The study was a complete failure, it was pathetic.

  4. Edward Eggleston:

    Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure.

  5. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    When you see the sadness, failure, and darkness, find the opportunity to turn on the light of success.


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