[syn: fall, downfall]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Downfall \Down"fall`\ (doun"f[add]l`), 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; as, the senator's
unrestrained sexual escapades led to his downfall.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
Dire were the consequences which would follow the
downfall of so important a place. --Motley.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: failure that results in a loss of position or reputation
[syn: downfall, ruin, ruination]
2: the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or
hail or sleet or mist) [syn: precipitation, downfall]
3: a sudden decline in strength or number or importance; "the
fall of the House of Hapsburg" [syn: fall, downfall]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
114 Moby Thesaurus words for "downfall":
Waterloo, atrophy, bane, beating, bouleversement, brash, breakdown,
burst of rain, cascade, cataract, chute, cloudburst, collapse,
comedown, conquering, conquest, convulsion, crash, cropper,
deathblow, debacle, decadence, declension, declination, decline,
defeat, deflation, defluxion, degeneracy, degeneration,
degradation, deluge, descending, descension, descent, destroyer,
destruction, devolution, discomfiture, down, downbend, downcome,
downcurve, downflow, downgrade, downpour, downrush, downtrend,
downturn, downward trend, drencher, drop, dropping, drubbing,
failure, fall, falling, flood, gravitation, gushing rain, headache,
heavy rain, hiding, inclination, lambasting, lathering, licking,
mastery, nose dive, overcoming, overthrow, overturn, plash,
plummeting, pounce, pour, pratfall, problem, prostration, quietus,
rainburst, rainspout, rainstorm, rapids, ruin, ruination, sabotage,
scud, smash, soaker, soaking rain, spate, spout, stoop, stumble,
subdual, subduing, subjugation, subversion, swoop, tailspin,
thrashing, torrent of rain, trimming, trouble, trouncing, tumble,
undoing, upheaval, upset, vanquishment, waterfall, waterspout,