downfall [doun-fawl] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- descent to a lower position or standing; overthrow; ruin.
- something causing ruin, failure, etc.: Liquor was his downfall.
- a , as of rain, snow, or the like, often sudden or heavy.
- a trap using a weight for killing, injuring, or imprisoning the prey.
Origin of downfall Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at, Related formsdown·fall·en, adjective Examples from the Web for downfallen Historical Examples of downfallen
Very likely he is staring at a downfallen horse and has forgotten this affair.
At prayers morning and evening, it was pitiful to observe her glance of entreaty and her downfallen eyelashes.
A strange look of wonder illuminated the face of the downfallen man.
Anna Goldmark Gross
But the poor gentleman—the downfallen man of rank—the degraded man of birth—the disabled and disarmed man of power!
Sir Walter Scott
All of his life that is known to us was passed in the company of publicans, of the downfallen, and of Pharisees.
British Dictionary definitions for downfallen downfallen adjective
- (of a building, etc) decrepit
- mainly US (of a person) ruined; fallen
- a sudden loss of position, health, or reputation
- a fall of rain, snow, etc, esp a sudden heavy one
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Word Origin and History for downfallen downfall n.
“ruin, fall from high condition,” c.1300, from(adv.) + (v.).