noun Date: 13th century 1. a. a sudden fall (as from power) b. a fall (as of snow or rain) especially when sudden or heavy 2. something that causes a downfall (as of a person) <
gambling was his downfall
downfallen adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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