from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sudden loss of wealth, rank, reputation, or happiness; ruin.
- n. A cause of sudden ruin.
- n. A fall of rain or snow, especially a heavy or unexpected one.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A precipitous decline in fortune; a rapid deterioration, as in status or wealth.
- n. The cause of such a fall; a critical blow or error.
- v. To fall down; deteriorate; decline.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sudden fall; a body of things falling.
- n. A sudden descent from rank or state, reputation or happiness; destruction; ruin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A falling downward; a fall; descent: as, the downfall of a stream.
- n. What falls downward; a waterfall.
- n. A pit; an abyss.
- n. Descent or fall to a lower position or standing; complete failure or overthrow; ruin: as, the downfall of Napoleon.
- n. Waning; decay.
- n. A kind of trap in which a weight or missile falls down when the set is sprung; a deadfall. See the extract.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. failure that results in a loss of position or reputation
- n. a sudden decline in strength or number or importance
- n. the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)
Yes, in fact his downfall is about halfway through I'd say.
Earth Abides, check, the downfall is a bit of a mystery.
In the eighteen enormous folio volumes, which he filled with his minute and gothic characters, he gives his own version of the story of what he terms his downfall, and, having, notwithstanding his prolixity, exhausted this subject in the first five of the eighteen tomes, he proceeds to deal with so much of the history of his own day as came immediately under his notice in his Cornish retirement.
In contrast to her previous greatness, her downfall is here, by a sudden transition, depicted under the image of a vessel foundering at sea. east wind -- blowing from Lebanon, the most violent wind in the
However, the manifold blunders and petty jealousies of this official are now producing such grievous results that his downfall is almost certain, and if his removal in disgrace from a position which he has proved himself totally unfit for be considered a satisfaction to those he has injured, why then I, among others, am morally assured of that amount of vengeance, at least.
The only downfall is that many 30. 30s have hard plastic or metal butt plates that can bite the shoulder if he is practicing with only a t-shirt on.
The fact that Americans would consider bringing back the party that nearly caused our downfall is incredulously stupid. sifto77
Her downfall is that everytime she opens her mouth, she speaks volumes about herself and her ability without knowing it.
As much as I like Hillary, the thought of bailing someone out, when the rest of us are still far from recovering from our economic downfall is rude, unfealing, and totally wacked.
Sounds like a plan, coyotes are curious animals so it would work ... but the only downfall is that they are also very jumpy and somewhat smart.