Downfall and Drawback

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Downfall and Drawback :

A downfall is something that causes a person’s destruction, either literal or figurative: “expensive cars were Fred’s downfall: he spent his entire inheritance on them and went bankrupt.”

A drawback is not nearly so drastic, just a flaw or problem of some kind, and is normally applied to plans and activities, not to people:

“Gloria’s plan to camp on Mosquito Island had just one drawback: she had forgotten to bring her insect repellent.”

Also, “downfall” should not be used when the more moderate “decline” is meant; reserve it for ruin, not to designate simple deterioration.

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