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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Downfall  \Down"fall`\,  n. 
  1.  A  sudden  fall;  a  body  of  things  falling. 
 
  Those  cataracts  or  downfalls  aforesaid.  --Holland. 
 
  Each  downfall  of  a  flood  the  mountains  pour. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  A  sudden  descent  from  rank  or  state,  reputation  or 
  happiness;  destruction;  ruin. 
 
  Dire  were  the  consequences  which  would  follow  the 
  downfall  of  so  important  a  place  --Motley. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  downfall 
  n  1:  failure  that  results  in  a  loss  of  position  or  reputation 
  2:  the  falling  to  earth  of  rain  or  snow  or  hail  or  sleet  or 
  mist  [syn:  {precipitation}] 
  3:  a  sudden  decline  in  strength  or  number  or  importance;  "the 
  fall  of  the  House  of  Hapsburg"  [syn:  {fall}]  [ant:  {rise}] 




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