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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FAILURE

They considered civilisation a failure because it was killing off all the big game.

There could not be a giving up—and there must not be failure.

Is there not (as the lawyers would style it) a failure of consideration?

Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will.

Faced by failure of credit they have proposed only the lending of more money.

Looking at that face one wondered how the life work of Jasper was such a failure.

Either we ourselves have failed; or the failure of others affects us indirectly.

No; we have secured the best teachers that we could for them, but each one has been a failure.

Do you see the possibilities, or the certainties of failure?

Gracie Dennis thought she saw the certainty of failure, and was sorry for it.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, failer, from Anglo-French failer, from Old French falir (see fail (v.)). The verb in Anglo-French used as a noun; ending altered 17c. to conform with words in -ure.

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