downfall

A downfall is a sudden drop in status or strength. You might be winning at Monopoly until your opponents decide to team up against you, which leads to your downfall.

Poor political decisions can result in the downfall of a government or party, and an economic depression can lead to the downfall of businesses and banks. A more literal, but less common, kind of downfall is when rain or snow falls down to the ground: "The downfall of snow will make the roads slippery tonight." The "decline in strength" meaning has been in use since the 14th century.

Definitions of downfall
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n a sudden decline in strength or number or importance

Synonyms:
fall
Antonyms:
rise
a growth in strength or number or importance
Types:
anticlimax
a disappointing decline after a previous rise
Type of:
weakening
becoming weaker

n failure that results in a loss of position or reputation

Synonyms:
ruin, ruination
Types:
finish
the downfall of someone (as of persons on one side of a conflict)
Type of:
failure
an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose

n the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)

Synonyms:
precipitation
Types:
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fine spray
precipitation in very small drops
hail
precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents
rain, rainfall
water falling in drops from vapor condensed in the atmosphere
sleet
partially melted snow (or a mixture of rain and snow)
snow, snowfall
precipitation falling from clouds in the form of ice crystals
virga
light wispy precipitation that evaporates before it reaches the ground (especially when the lower air is low in humidity)
monsoon
any wind that changes direction with the seasons
rainstorm
a storm with rain
cloudburst, deluge, downpour, pelter, soaker, torrent, waterspout
a heavy rain
drizzle, mizzle
very light rain; stronger than mist but less than a shower
rain shower, shower
a brief period of precipitation
flurry, snow flurry
a light brief snowfall and gust of wind (or something resembling that)
whiteout
an arctic atmospheric condition with clouds over snow produce a uniform whiteness and objects are difficult to see; occurs when the light reflected off the snow equals the light coming through the clouds
Type of:
atmospheric condition, conditions, weather, weather condition
the atmospheric conditions that comprise the state of the atmosphere in terms of temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation

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