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downfall

noun
     
down‧fall [singular]
1 complete loss of your money, moral standards, social position etc, or the sudden failure of an organization:
the scandal that led to the president's downfall
2 something that causes a complete failure or loss of someone's money, moral standards, social position etc
be somebody's downfall
an addiction to gambling that proved to be her downfall

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