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downfall

noun [S] uk   /ˈdaʊn.fɔːl/ us    /-fɑːl/
(something that causes) the usually sudden destruction of a person, organization, or government and their loss of power, money, or health: Rampant corruption brought about the downfall of the government. In the end, it was the continual drinking that was his downfall.
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