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Synonyms for failure
ˈfeɪl yərfail·ure

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  1. failurenoun

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

    triumph, success

  2. failurenoun


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.

    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

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. failurenoun

    an act that fails

    "his failure to pass the test"

    bankruptcy, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person


  2. failurenoun

    an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose

    "the surprise party was a complete failure"

    bankruptcy, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person


  3. failurenoun

    lack of success

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

    bankruptcy, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person


  4. failure, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful personnoun

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

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


  5. failurenoun

    an unexpected omission

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

    bankruptcy, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person


  6. bankruptcy, failurenoun

    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"

    bankruptcy, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person


  7. failurenoun

    loss of ability to function normally

    "kidney failure"

    bankruptcy, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person


Editors Contribution

  1. distruption

    Submitted by anonymous on February 2, 2021  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. failurenoun

    deficiency, defectiveness, shortcoming

  2. failurenoun

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

  3. failurenoun

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

  4. failurenoun

    insolvency, bankruptcy, suspension of payment

  5. failurenoun

    decay, decline, declension, loss

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  1. Elon Musk:

    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.

  2. Rupert Murdoch:

    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.

  3. Buhlebenkosi Bhebhe:

    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.

  4. Greg Barton:

    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.

  5. Gordon Chang:

    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.

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