Definitions

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  • v. Second-person singular simple present form of fail.

Etymologies

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fail +‎ -est

Examples

  • “Again,” cried he, with a look at once stern and disappointed, “again thou failest me? what wanton trifling! why shouldst thou thus elate a worn-out mind, only to make it feel its lingering credulity? or why, teaching me to think I had found an angel, so unkindly undeceive me?”

    Cecilia

  • First, my son, I exhort thee give good heed to heaven's will, lest from slighting it thou suffer shipwreck; for in this one single point thou failest, though well-advised in all else.

    The Suppliants

  • Thou failest not of this, O one-eye269 of ill-omen!

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Were it only that thou hast resolved, six to one thou failest.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • But, nevertheless, the devil and thy time of life are against thee: and six to one thou failest.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Pedro, I am a woman as others are, and subject to the same desires, as (by nature) attendeth on flesh and blood: looke how thou failest in kindnesse towards me, thinke it not amisse, if I doe the like to thee, and endeavour thou to win the worthy title of a Father, because I was made to be a Mother.

    The Decameron

  • And if thou failest to do so, there is a day of retribution.

    The Gulistan of Sa'di

  • He is unchangeable in his purposes, faithful in his promises, and will put forth the ‘exceeding greatness of his power’ for the accomplishment of them; so that though thou failest, he will cause thee to renew thy strength, though thou fallest, thou shalt not be cast down.

    The Doctrine of the Saints��� Perseverance Explained and Confirmed

  • Happeneth it ever, O monarch, that from covetousness or folly or pride thou failest to decide between the plaintiff and the defendant who have come to thee?

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Translated into English Prose Sabha Parva

  • I do not pity thee for having acquired the status of a Brahmana thou now failest to retain it (for thou hast no compassion to show for one like me).

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 Books 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18

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