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; as, the senator's unrestrained sexual escapades led to his downfall.
Dire were the consequences which would follow the downfall of so important a place. --Motley.
n 1: failure that results in a loss of position or reputation
[syn: ruin, ruination]
2: the falling to earth of any form of water (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]