downfall downfall  /ˈdaʊn ˌfɔl/


  1. (n) failure that results in a loss of position or reputation
  2. (n) the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)
  3. (n) a sudden decline in strength or number or importance


  1. Salieri stands to the side during all this, stage-managing Mozart's downfall, then appearing to the fevered young man in his dead father's disguise and commissioning the Requiem.
  2. But those same contracts turned out to be at the heart of AIG's downfall and subsequent taxpayer rescue.
  3. Critics hailed George Lucas' Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith for giving resonance to the space baddie's downfall.


  1. Birdsall pleads guilty to corruption, agrees to $1M fine

    TOMS RIVER — In one of the final acts by an old, once-prestigious engineering firm, Birdsall Services Group on Thursday agreed to pay a $1 million fine while pleading guilty to the criminal pay-to-play corruption charges that spurred its whirlwind downfall.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Asbury Park Press

  2. Naomi Watts says she was 'terrified' to play Princess Diana

    Naomi Watts has played real women before: outed CIA agent Valerie Plame in "Fair Game," the mother Maria from the tsunami tragedy film "The Impossible." But none have been more visible than her role as Princess Diana in the upcoming movie "Diana" from director Oliver Hirschbiegel ("Downfall").        
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. Greed isn’t good for bank thief

    By Carissa Marsh It seems greed was the downfall of a Simi Valley Chase Bank robber who was caught after holding up a bank in Santa Clarita. The man is also being held responsible for a heist in Cam arillo. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies apprehended the alleged bank robber, 23-yearold Demarie Rashad Mackey of Palmdale, 10 days after the robbery in Simi Valley. read ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Simi Valley Acorn


  1. "We caused our own defeat, really," Man U manager Alex Ferguson said. "We should have played better. We kept giving it away, and it causes your own downfall."
    on Mar 30, 2010 By: Sir Alex Ferguson Source: Seattle Times

  2. But shadow foreign secretary William Hague said: "Gordon Brown's conference speech should be the shortest in political history. Just one word - sorry. His inability to own up to his part in Britain's economic downfall and its deep impact on Scotland...
    on Mar 5, 2009 By: William Hague Source: WalesOnline

  3. "When a few megabanks dominate our financial system, the downfall of any of them can mark the downfall of our entire economy," Brown said on the Senate floor Tuesday night as the vote neared. "Too big to fail is too big."
    on May 6, 2010 By: Sherrod Brown Source: Washington Post

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furtive furtive
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