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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 down·fall /ˈdaʊnˌfɔl/
 下降;垮臺,陷落

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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; 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.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 downfall
      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]