Definition of downfall in English:



  • 1A loss of power, prosperity, or status.

    ‘the crisis led to the downfall of the government’
    • ‘Ironically, it is the emphasis Dutch governments have placed on multiculturalism that has helped lead to its inevitable downfall.’
    • ‘However, some films failed to find their mark, leading to the downfall of companies such as FilmFour Productions and Granada Films.’
    • ‘His attempts at reform ultimately led to his downfall, and he has lived in exile in Italy since 1973.’
    • ‘It was this that would eventually lead to his downfall.’
    • ‘Famed as a colourful cultural melting pot, the qualities that blessed New Orleans with its unique character also served as a curse that led to its downfall.’
    • ‘He didn't need it, and it led to his ultimate downfall.’
    • ‘Although he has made it clear he will not regard the motion as binding, such a defeat would be immensely damaging and could even lead to his downfall.’
    • ‘The edge he plays with can lead to his downfall if he takes undisciplined penalties.’
    • ‘Seizure of both the northern and southern oilfields will inevitably, the thinking is said to go, lead to the downfall of him.’
    • ‘Perhaps it was his inability to sell the Agreement to the average unionist led to the downfall of this clever but rather charmless and now isolated figure.’
    • ‘They are three sisters who trick Macbeth into believing that he is invincible, which leads to his downfall.’
    • ‘In 1999, a dioxin scare led to the downfall of the Belgian Government.’
    • ‘What could she do to prevent their downfall when the power to change things always seemed to be in someone else's hands?’
    • ‘But there is one other sticky point that could very easily lead to his downfall.’
    • ‘He describes her feeling of utter betrayal at the circumstances that led to her downfall.’
    • ‘It may not lead to the downfall of the state, but then neither did the eight-hour day campaigns that are its inspiration.’
    • ‘That led to the downfall of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International.’
    • ‘The couple raked in millions of dollars but the credit card charges that made their fortune also led to their downfall.’
    • ‘It was this merger of Malchut and Mochiach that eventually led to the downfall of the empire.’
    • ‘But it led to the downfall of several ministers involved in extra-marital relationships.’
    undoing, ruin, ruination, loss of power, loss of prosperity, loss of status
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    1. 1.1 The cause of a loss of power, prosperity, or status.
      ‘his intractability will prove to be his downfall’
      • ‘These are also a reason of the downfall of the industry.’
      • ‘In the realm of the tragic hero there is always a fatal flaw in his personality that causes or precipitates his downfall.’
      • ‘I think the WWE's heavy reliance on predictable storylines and HHH will be its downfall.’
      • ‘The film's tameness is undoubtedly its downfall.’
      • ‘I worry that reality television will be the ultimate downfall of society altogether.’
      • ‘However their short-sightedness will ultimately cause their own downfall.’
      • ‘It was previously announced that a decline in channel sales, as well as in site licences for large accounts, was the main reason for the downfall.’
      • ‘The combined forces of Harold and Tostig drove Gruffydd back into Wales, and in 1063 caused his downfall and death.’
      • ‘The lady has convinced herself (but no one else) that she precipitated the downfall of him.’
      • ‘Huge exposure to guaranteed annuities was the main reason for the downfall of discredited insurer Equitable Life, as it had not kept enough reserves to pay them.’
      • ‘However, the visual sensitivity of the area proved the ultimate downfall of the application.’
      • ‘The downfall of the ILM was first and foremost the failure of its leadership - at all levels, in all affiliated organisations.’
      • ‘She cannot help but wonder whether one of her greatest strengths ultimately proved her downfall.’
      • ‘But the high costs associated with holidaying in the republic are also thought to be a significant reason for the downfall.’
      • ‘There seems no doubt that when public opinion turns against Eriksson, his disregard for histrionics will be cited as the chief reason for his downfall.’
      • ‘The constant friction with his superiors probably hastened his downfall.’
      • ‘It was widely rumored on Tuesday that his alleged wrongdoing and poor damage control would cause his downfall.’
      • ‘With the dust now settled on him, he muses that this push for the local may, ironically, have precipitated its downfall.’
      • ‘But it was standing a bad debt for a friend that proved his downfall.’
      • ‘One of the downfalls of [CorporateConnect] was that it was all Web based.’
  • 2A heavy fall of rain or snow.

    ‘the wind was whipping up the downfall into deep drifts on the moor’
    • ‘Hopefully, all the little ones and not so little, enjoyed their day off school and work due to the downfall of snow, last week.’
    • ‘Then suddenly there was a downfall of rain and they raced back only to be scolded by a frantic Sir Thomas.’
    • ‘We were taking advantage of a sunny day, as it had been preceded by at least a month of constant heavy downfall.’
    • ‘You may have enjoyed, as many students have, the recent copious downfall of snow.’
    • ‘There were a few heavy downfalls, but even they proved a boon to the indoor traders who did a roaring trade when the crowds scurried for shelter in the stands.’
    • ‘The sudden appearance of thunderstorms is a very common occurrence this season as it's a summer in which we have experienced some downfalls of rain an severe lightning storms.’
    • ‘The next day, two horsemen thundered toward each other through a torrential downfall.’
    • ‘The last thing we need is a heavy downfall of rain and snow at this point.’
    • ‘But I'm not sure I'm keen to have a heavy downfall here in the city just so I can look at some nice white snow.’
    • ‘Despite frequent downfalls of rain the spirits of the crowds on the first day of this year's regional agricultural show were not dampened.’
    • ‘She didn't know why, but seeing him so happy felt so refreshing, like breathing the crisp air after a heavy downfall of rain.’
    • ‘Sunday will be a mixture of sunny spells and downfalls of rain and Bank Holiday Monday will continue much like Sunday, with a slight breeze.’