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Synonyms for failure

the condition of not achieving the desired end

one that fails completely

a cessation of proper mechanical functions

nonperformance of what ought to be done

a marked loss of strength or effectiveness

the condition of being financially insolvent

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The complaints that morning were especially emphatic and numerous, because the whole breakfast had been a failure.
You 'll change your mind then, poor child," said Fanny, whose ideas of failure were decidedly tragical.
Merton's was a bad, disgraceful failure, and I don't wonder he had a fit.
Holker was so profoundly affected by that possible failure of justice that he involuntarily stopped in the middle of the road, then resumed his walk with abated zeal.
Johnson's play was a failure, but by that time he had begun the great work which was to name him and single him out from the rest of the world as Dictionary Johnson.
The third guess was another failure, and so was the fourth and the fifth.
It always happened with Levin that when his first shots were a failure he got hot and out of temper, and shot badly the whole day.
And in the absence of Vassenka, on whom Levin threw the blame of his failure, things went no better.
I condole with her on the inevitable failure of every plan that she has formed for her sister's benefit.
After this great success, which he supposed to be a failure, he gave them 'Mr Chivery and his brother officers;' whom he had beforehand presented with ten pounds each, and who were all in attendance.
In the yard, was the man of many children and many burdens, whose failure astonished everybody; in the yard, was the man of no children and large resources, whose failure astonished nobody.
I know that this would sometimes involve a slight loss of speed in the chase; but long experience in various whalemen of more than one nation has convinced me that in the vast majority of failures in the fishery, it has not by any means been so much the speed of the whale as the before described exhaustion of the harpooneer that has caused them.
He was even pleased by failures, for failures resulting from deviations in practice from the theory only proved to him the accuracy of his theory.
Gentlemen of the Statistical Department, add two more to the number of social failures produced by England in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and seventy-one--Julian Gray and Mercy Merrick.
I do not wish to hurt your feelings, but your name has been associated in the past with too many failures to inspire us with any confidence in engaging you as an ally.