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failure

 
Noun failure has 7 senses
  1. failure - an act that fails; "his failure to pass the test"
    --1 is a kind of
    nonaccomplishment, nonachievement
    --1 has particulars:
     failing; naught; loss; backsliding, lapse, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reversion, reverting; error, misplay; out; nonconformity; default, nonpayment, nonremittal
    Derived form: verb fail2
  2. failure - an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose; "the surprise party was a complete failure"
    --2 is a kind of
    happening, occurrence, natural event
    Antonyms: success
    --2 has particulars:
     downfall, ruin, ruination; flame-out; malfunction; miscarriage, abortion; miss, misfire; flop, bust; malformation, miscreation; breakdown, equipment failure; defeat, licking
    Derived forms: verb fail8, verb fail2
  3. failure - lack of success; "he felt that his entire life had been a failure"; "that year there was a crop failure"
    --3 is a kind of
    fortune, destiny, fate, luck, lot, circumstances, portion
    Antonyms: success
    --3 has particulars: bankruptcy; bank failure; crop failure; dead duck
    Derived form: verb fail2
  4. failure, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person - a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently
    --4 is a kind of unfortunate, unfortunate person
    --4 has particulars:
     bankrupt, insolvent; flash in the pan; flop, dud, washout; underdog
    Derived form: verb fail2
  5. failure - an unexpected omission; "he resented my failure to return his call"; "the mechanic's failure to check the brakes"
    --5 is a kind of
    omission, skip
    --5 has particulars: disappointment, dashing hopes; breach; copout
    Derived form: verb fail1
  6. bankruptcy, failure - inability to discharge all your debts as they come due; "the company had to declare bankruptcy"; "fraudulent loans led to the failure of many banks"
    --6 is a kind of insolvency
    Derived form: verb fail9
  7. failure - loss of ability to function normally; "kidney failure"
    --7 is a kind of
    disorder, upset
    --7 has particulars: heart failure, coronary failure; renal failure, kidney failure
    Derived form: verb fail4
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