downfall

noun
ADJECTIVE
eventual, ultimate
dramatic, tragic
VERB + DOWNFALL
bring about, cause, lead to

a scandal that brought about his downfall

contribute to, hasten

The failure of this plan contributed to her eventual downfall.

plot

They were found guilty of plotting the downfall of the government.

DOWNFALL + VERB
come

The movement's downfall came with the failed coup d'état.

PHRASES
be sb's downfall

His greed was eventually his downfall.


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