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English noun: downfall

1. downfall (event) failure that results in a loss of position or reputation

Synonymsruin, ruination

Broader (hypernym)failure

Narrower (hyponym)finish

2. downfall (phenomenon) the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)


Broader (hypernym)atmospheric condition, conditions, weather, weather condition

Narrower (hyponym)fine spray, hail, rain, rainfall, sleet, snow, snowfall, virga

Part holonymdiamond dust, frost mist, frost snow, ice crystal, ice needle, poudrin, snow mist

3. downfall (event) a sudden decline in strength or number or importance

SamplesThe fall of the House of Hapsburg.


Broader (hypernym)weakening

Narrower (hyponym)anticlimax


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