downfallen

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

downfallen (ˈdaʊnˌfɔːlən)
 
adj
1.  (of a building, etc) decrepit
2.  chiefly (US) (of a person) ruined; fallen

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downfall
ruin, c.1300, from down (adv.) + fall.
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