comedown

[kuhm-doun]
noun
an unexpected or humiliating descent from dignity, importance, or wealth.

Origin:
1555–65; noun use of verb phrase come down

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comedown (ˈkʌmˌdaʊn)
 
n
1.  a decline in position, status, or prosperity
2.  informal a disappointment
3.  slang a depressed or unexcited state
 
vb
4.  to come to a place regarded as lower
5.  to lose status, wealth, etc (esp in the phrase to come down in the world)
6.  to reach a decision: the report came down in favour of a pay increase
7.  (often foll by to) to be handed down or acquired by tradition or inheritance
8.  (Brit) to leave college or university
9.  (foll by with) to succumb (to illness or disease)
10.  (foll by on) to rebuke or criticize harshly
11.  (foll by to) to amount in essence (to): it comes down to two choices
12.  slang to lose the effects of a drug and return to a normal or more normal state
13.  informal (Austral) (of a river) to flow in flood

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Example sentences
The rush of the ecstasy experience is followed by a period of low mood known as a comedown.
For him, carpentry is not a comedown but a profession that gives him a pride of accomplishment.
His comedown is the fate of nearly all financial-markets gurus.
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