an act that fails
"his failure to pass the test"
an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose
"the surprise party was a complete failure"
lack of success
"he felt that his entire life had been a failure"; "that year there was a crop failure"
failure, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person(noun)
a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently
an unexpected omission
"he resented my failure to return his call"; "the mechanic's failure to check the brakes"
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"
loss of ability to function normally
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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
Dictionary of English Synonymes
Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words
failing, deficiency, shortcoming, lack, omission, pretermission, default, nonperformance, neglect, dereliction nonfulfillment, nonobservance, nonsuccess, miscarriage, frustration, abortion, foil, fizzle, fiasco, deterioration, decline, declension, retrogression, bankruptcy, insolvency
List of paraphrases for "failure":
inability, omission, fiasco, failed, incapacity, lack, breakdown, malfunction, rupture, error, fails, fault, absence, default, fail, defect, failing, collapse, defeat, non-compliance, bankruptcy, flop, judgement, breach, refusal, impossibility, setback, chess, disability, flaw, insufficiency, judgment, deficiency, breakage, breakup, inadequacy, non-performance, falla, failures
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How to use failure in a sentence?
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.
General Failure's Fault. Not Yours.
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.
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.
If we do not put inequality at the heart of the global development agenda, we are doomed to failure.
Translations for failure
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- عطل, إخفاقArabic
- неуспех, повреда, неудачник, несполукаBulgarian
- fracàsCatalan, Valencian
- selhání, porucha, nezdar, neúspěchCzech
- nedbrud, svigt, fiaskoDanish
- Versagerin, Verschlechterung, Misslingen, Ausfall, Versagen, Pleite, Versager, MisserfolgGerman
- fracasado, avería, fallo, fracasoSpanish
- vika, epäonnistuminenFinnish
- panne, échec, ratéFrench
- meathlú, meathIrish
- fàilligeadhScottish Gaelic
- fallimento, fiasco, avaria, insuccessoItalian
- иш ордунан чыкпай калуу, жол болбооKyrgyz
- neveiksme, neizdošanāsLatvian
- faling, mislukking, fout, mislukkelingDutch
- svikt, misære, fiaskoNorwegian
- awaria, niepowodzenie, brak, nieudacznik, defekt, porażkaPolish
- falha, fracassoPortuguese
- поломка, выход из строя, сбой, провал, крахRussian
- thất bạiVietnamese
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