befell befell  /bɪ ˈfɛl/


  1. (v) become of; happen to
  2. (v) happen, occur, or be the case in the course of events or by chance



  1. Spielberg's trials of the past couple of years have been nowhere so cataclysmic as those that befell Jim, his family and millions of other refugees under the imperial Japanese boot.
  2. The infidelities and disappointments that befell her family were proof enough.
  3. Not one of the 3,000 residents of Lockerbie is likely ever to forget the horrors that befell the Scottish village during Christmas week of 1988.


  1. Global Voices: Fukushima made ex-premier a 'no nukes' crusader

    After the cascade of disasters that befell Japan 27 months ago, then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan took the brunt of withering criticism for shoddy nuclear safety standards at the crippled Fukushima reactor complex and the government’s chaotic emergency response to the crises.        
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Cowboys Get Gems From Merritt and Jones

    TWIN FALLS—A familiar fate befell Twin Falls’ Casey Merritt Tuesday night.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Times-News

  3. Shane Vereen Ready to Take Danny Woodhead’s Role as Patriots’ Third-Down Running Back

    The Patriots are officially done with OTAs. Now, they’ll turn their attention to minicamp before taking a month-long break to rest and get ready for training camp. Some injuries befell a few key Patriots during their final week of offseason workouts, including what could well be a severe shoulder injury to cornerback Alfonzo Dennard. Entering […]
    on June 8, 2013     Source: New England Sports Network


  1. "I was half way around the world when an event befell Trent Lott that shook me deeply," Smith said, as he and other senators praised Lott, who is retiring at the end of the month.
    on Dec 18, 2007 By: Gordon Smith Source: KPIC

  2. "Comparisons of Israel to the Nazis are a deeply cynical perversion of history, an attempt to turn the tragedy that befell the Jewish people into a bludgeon against Israel. While we have come to expect to see such and hear this type of inflammatory...
    on Jan 5, 2009 By: Abraham Foxman Source: Anti-Defamation League (press release)

  3. "So on this day, we commemorate a tragedy that befell our people," Obama said. "But we also remember that with every tragedy comes the chance of renewal."
    on Aug 29, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Washington Post

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decadent decadent
/ˈdɛ kə dənt /