Definitions for: Downfall


[n] failure that results in a loss of position or reputation
[n] a sudden decline in strength or number or importance; "the fall of the House of Hapsburg"
[n] the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)



Webster (1913) Definition: Down"fall`, n.
1. A sudden fall; a body of things falling.

Those cataracts or downfalls aforesaid. --Holland.

Each downfall of a flood the mountains pour.
--Dryden.

2. A sudden descent from rank or state, reputation or
happiness; destruction; ruin.

Dire were the consequences which would follow the
downfall of so important a place. --Motley.

Synonyms: fall, precipitation, ruin, ruination

Antonyms: rise

See Also: anticlimax, atmospheric condition, diamond dust, failure, fine spray, finish, frost mist, frost snow, hail, ice crystal, ice needle, poudrin, rain, rainfall, sleet, snow, snow mist, snowfall, virga, weakening, weather, weather condition

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