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
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 personnoun
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
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 failure of the titanium component in a high-pressure NTO environment was sufficient to cause ignition of the check valve and led to an explosion.
Failure to win majority against either (Gordon) Brown in crisis or (Labour leader Ed) Miliband would mean chop for Cameron. Open talk today in party and press.
life is like a chess game, and I am but a mere pawn that against all odds moves forward in the face of any danger in the hope of one day becoming a greater than I am. like a pawn I only move forward towards my goal and do not under any circumstances go back or retreat. I aim at achieving excellence through hard work and dedication to the job at hand. even when all seems impossible and out of reach I believe that failure is not an option but a stepping stone towards achieving my dreams.
On the triage priority list, he would be well down that list, i don't think it's a case of a failure or a mistake. I just think it's a case of the harsh reality of dealing with this kind of threat.
They do this because administrations in the past have let them—this is not a story about North Korea or China—this is a story about the failure of American policy makers to protect the American people, we are the most powerful nation in history and are constantly outwitted by one that is the most destitute on the earth.
Translations for failure
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- عطل, إخفاقArabic
- неудачник, несполука, повреда, неуспехBulgarian
- fracàsCatalan, Valencian
- nezdar, porucha, neúspěch, selháníCzech
- fiasko, svigt, nedbrudDanish
- Pleite, Versagerin, Misserfolg, Versagen, Misslingen, Versager, Ausfall, VerschlechterungGerman
- avería, fracaso, fracasado, falloSpanish
- epäonnistuminen, vikaFinnish
- raté, panne, échecFrench
- meathlú, meathIrish
- fàilligeadhScottish Gaelic
- insuccesso, fiasco, fallimento, avariaItalian
- иш ордунан чыкпай калуу, жол болбооKyrgyz
- neveiksme, neizdošanāsLatvian
- mislukking, fout, faling, mislukkelingDutch
- svikt, fiasko, misæreNorwegian
- nieudacznik, awaria, porażka, niepowodzenie, brak, defektPolish
- fracasso, falhaPortuguese
- провал, выход из строя, сбой, крах, поломкаRussian
- thất bạiVietnamese
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