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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