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downfall

1. a fall of rain, snow, etc., esp a sudden heavy one
2. another word for deadfall
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His downfall was near; and, although it involved Cecily in a most humiliating experience, over which she cried half the following night, in the end she confessed it was worth undergoing just to get rid of Cyrus.
Jo accepted it with a smile, for she had never outgrown her liking for lads, and soon found herself involved in the usual labyrinth of love, mystery, and murder, for the story belonged to that class of light literature in which the passions have a holiday, and when the author's invention fails, a grand catastrophe clears the stage of one half the dramatis personae, leaving the other half to exult over their downfall.
It was doubtless in consequence of a knowl- edge of this fact, that one great statesman of the south predicted the downfall of slavery by the in- evitable laws of population.
The only refuge left for those who prophesy the downfall of the State governments is the visionary supposition that the federal government may previously accumulate a military force for the projects of ambition.
Old Dantes, who was only sustained by hope, lost all hope at Napoleon's downfall.
I am always curious to see the downfall of your honor's enemies, and he was not among the least of them.
At his right hand rode Edward Randolph, our arch-enemy, that "blasted wretch," as Cotton Mather calls him, who achieved the downfall of our ancient government, and was followed with a sensible curse, through life and to his grave.