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Meaning of DOWNFALL

Pronunciation:  'dawn`fol

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

DOWNFALL is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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.

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