Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Fallen, as from high position; ruined.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Fallen; ruined.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Fallen; ruined.

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  • adjective Fallen down.
  • adjective Pertaining to those who have undergone a downfall; those who have been ousted from a position of authority.
  • adjective Pertaining to one who is crestfallen, depressed, down in the dumps.
  • verb Past participle of downfall.

Etymologies

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From downfall ("to fall down, decline").

Examples

  • This feature represents the downfallen block of land that is a relatively shallow basin between the Ocala and Chattahoochee uplifts.

    Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida

  • But one or two, who nourished in their bosoms respect for the downfallen hierarchy — casting first a timorous glance around, to see that no one observed them — hastily crossed themselves — bent their knee to

    The Abbot

  • A ridiculous, provincial structure, and one surely downfallen now, to the Khamorth and to the earthquake that had finished the ruination the barbarians had begun.

    Bridge of the Separator

  • Bringing forth all his strength, he cried, "Accursed and downfallen be the city of Imbros, accursed and downfallen in the name of Skotos, lord of darkness and master of the world!"

    Bridge of the Separator

  • Bushes had begun to cover the downfallen, tumbled stones that had made up the wall.

    Bridge of the Separator

  • He did not want to allow any mercy into the discussions of the wretch Markwart; he wanted the Father Abbot condemned throughout history as the downfallen sinner that he had become.

    Mortalis

  • He did not want to allow any mercy into the discussions of the wretch Markwart; he wanted the Father Abbot condemned throughout history as the downfallen sinner that he had become.

    Mortalis

  • It could look good on your record and help you become governor if you took in penniless, downfallen women and saved their souls.

    Sweetbriar

  • It could look good on your record and help you become governor if you took in penniless, downfallen women and saved their souls.

    Sweetbriar

  • A sort of service lane led behind Bootha Street, allowing just enough width for lorries; but in these downfallen days, lorries had disappeared.

    A Rude Awakening

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