downfall

[doun-fawl]
noun
1.
descent to a lower position or standing; overthrow; ruin.
2.
something causing ruin, failure, etc.: Liquor was his downfall.
3.
a fall, as of rain, snow, or the like, often sudden or heavy.
4.
a trap using a falling weight for killing, injuring, or imprisoning the prey.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English; see down1, fall

downfallen, adjective
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downfall (ˈdaʊnˌfɔːl)
 
n
1.  a sudden loss of position, health, or reputation
2.  a fall of rain, snow, etc, esp a sudden heavy one
3.  another word for deadfall

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downfall
ruin, c.1300, from down (adv.) + fall.
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Example sentences
Librarians planted the seeds of their own destruction and are responsible for
  their own downfall.
After rising to sublime heights, the sacred city may have engineered its own
  downfall.
The prominent horn for which rhinos are so well known has been their downfall.
The prominent horn for which these rhinos are so well known has also been their
  downfall.
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