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We are more disturbed by a calamity which threatens us than by one which has befallen us.
John Lancaster Spalding

Meaning of "befallen" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF BEFALLEN

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF BEFALLEN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Befallen is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb befallen in English.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO BEFALLEN

PRESENT

Present
I befall
you befall
he/she/it befalls
we befall
you befall
they befall
Present continuous
I am befalling
you are befalling
he/she/it is befalling
we are befalling
you are befalling
they are befalling
Present perfect
I have befallen
you have befallen
he/she/it has befallen
we have befallen
you have befallen
they have befallen
Present perfect continuous
I have been befalling
you have been befalling
he/she/it has been befalling
we have been befalling
you have been befalling
they have been befalling
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I befell
you befell
he/she/it befell
we befell
you befell
they befell
Past continuous
I was befalling
you were befalling
he/she/it was befalling
we were befalling
you were befalling
they were befalling
Past perfect
I had befallen
you had befallen
he/she/it had befallen
we had befallen
you had befallen
they had befallen
Past perfect continuous
I had been befalling
you had been befalling
he/she/it had been befalling
we had been befalling
you had been befalling
they had been befalling
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will befall
you will befall
he/she/it will befall
we will befall
you will befall
they will befall
Future continuous
I will be befalling
you will be befalling
he/she/it will be befalling
we will be befalling
you will be befalling
they will be befalling
Future perfect
I will have befallen
you will have befallen
he/she/it will have befallen
we will have befallen
you will have befallen
they will have befallen
Future perfect continuous
I will have been befalling
you will have been befalling
he/she/it will have been befalling
we will have been befalling
you will have been befalling
they will have been befalling
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would befallen
you would befallen
he/she/it would befallen
we would befallen
you would befallen
they would befallen
Conditional continuous
I would be befalling
you would be befalling
he/she/it would be befalling
we would be befalling
you would be befalling
they would be befalling
Conditional perfect
I would have befallen
you would have befallen
he/she/it would have befallen
we would have befallen
you would have befallen
they would have befallen
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been befalling
you would have been befalling
he/she/it would have been befalling
we would have been befalling
you would have been befalling
they would have been befalling
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you befall
we let´s befall
you befall
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to befall
Past participle
befallen
Present Participle
befalling
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE BEFALLEN

befall
befana
befell
befinger
befinned
befit
befitted
befitting
befittingly
beflag
beflea
befleck
beflower
beflum
befoam
befog
befogged
befogging
befool
before

WORDS THAT END LIKE BEFALLEN

Allen
chapfallen
chopfallen
crestfallen
Cullen
downfallen
Enniskillen
fallen
Hellen
McKellen
mullen
pollen
pratfallen
Sankt Gallen
stollen
sullen
swollen
unfallen
windfallen
woollen

Synonyms and antonyms of befallen in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «befallen» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF BEFALLEN

Find out the translation of befallen to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of befallen from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «befallen» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

降临
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

sobrevenido
570 millions of speakers

English

befallen
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

आ पड़ी
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

حلت
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

приключилась
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

sobreveio
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

দুঃখ কষ্ট
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

arrivé
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Jatuh cinta
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

befallen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

befallの過去分詞形
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

닥친
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Befallen
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

xảy đến
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நேர்ந்தவற்றைக்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

व्हा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

befallen
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

accaduto
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

spotkało
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

трапилася
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

abătut
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

befallen
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

oorgekom
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

drabbat
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

befallen
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of befallen

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «BEFALLEN»

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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «BEFALLEN» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «befallen» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «befallen» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about befallen

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2 QUOTES WITH «BEFALLEN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word befallen.
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Jonas Salk
The worst tragedy that could have befallen me was my success. I knew right away that I was through - cast out.
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John Lancaster Spalding
We are more disturbed by a calamity which threatens us than by one which has befallen us.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «BEFALLEN»

Discover the use of befallen in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to befallen and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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A Short History of the Revolutions that have befallen the ...
staid in his House, never-left off molesting him by their lnsulting'," brutish Language, and kept himv continually awake with a Drum that beat Night andzDay at his Chamber Door *, and who did not leave him till theyhadreduc'd him tothe last ...
2
Moderators of the Relationship Between Organizational ...
Another source of individual differences according to the ISF that may moderate the injustice-stress relationship is the attribute of sensitivity to befallen injustice. Sensitivity to befallen injustice refers to the tendency or predisposition of ...
Rachel M. Johnson, 2008
3
Remarkable Providences: Readings on Early American History
A. Brief. Account. of. a. Strange. and. Unusual. Providence. of. God. Befallen. to. Elizabeth. Knapp. of. Groton. (1672) ... God befallen to Elizabeth Knapp of Groton ," in Samuel A. Green, Groton in the Witchcraft Times (Groton, Mass., 1883), pp.
John Demos, 1991
4
Justice: Rights and Wrongs
The object of one's emotion, says Nussbaum, will be the evil that has befallen oneself, the damage that has occurred to one's own eudaimonia. Not the evil that has befallen one's mother but the evil that has befallen oneself. And what is the ...
Nicholas Wolterstorff, 2010
5
A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for ...
... that I ought only to renunce the benefitt of all lands and here-' tages befallen to me befor his majestie's act of graee,therfor l he thir presents renunce and resigne in favours of the king's majestie and -commissioners of his highnes tbesaurie, ...
Thomas Bayly Howell, Thomas Jones Howell, 1816
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Dissertations upon the principles and arrangement of a ...
of what had befallen the former, he derives the same inference of what, unless they repented, might be expected by the latter. In each instance, a part is opposed to a whole ; a less number to a greater ; but each as of the same kind and both as ...
Edward Greswell, 1837
7
Tragedy and Comedy: A Systematic Study and a Critique of Hegel
Successful in this regard is Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc. Within the tragedy of self-sacrifice I distinguish between befallen and self-inflicted self- sacrifice. In befallen self-sacrifice conflict arises without the conscious affirmation of the ...
Mark William Roche, 1998
8
Overcoming Challenges Praying With Psalms
Chapter 14 National Troubles Just like individuals or families can have troubles, nations can also befallen with troubles. When a nation is befallen with troubles, it virtually affects both the righteous and the wicked. When a nation is befallen ...
Soughtout E Matthew, 2012
9
Memorable Providences, Relating to Witchcrafts and ...
A Faithful Account of Many Wonderful and Surprising Things, that Have Befallen Several Bewitched and Possessed Persons in New-England Cotton Mather. Tmzsim um; _r 'coi'tisiznc tils-JRelnciig t:- _ , AWITCHCRAFTS And POSSEbslONS.
Cotton Mather, 1689
10
James Hatfield and the Beauty of Buttermere, with illustr. ...
James Hatfield (fict.name.) we were thus momentarily constrained to step aside. " We began to have our qualms concerning you — your hostess and I," resumed Howbiggen. " We fancied some dire accident must have befallen you, ...
James Hatfield (fict.name.), 1841

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «BEFALLEN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term befallen is used in the context of the following news items.
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China's desperate attempts to control the stock market will end badly
So what catastrophe has befallen the Chinese stock market? Well, nothing to justify all-out panic. Having risen 150% in a year, the Shanghai ... «Business Insider, Jul 15»
2
Injury Bug Bites Ultra-Consistent Jeff Larentowicz
Even with the rash of injuries that have befallen the Fire of late, the news of Larentowicz' impending absence from the lineup still came as a ... «Chicago Fire, Jul 15»
3
“The government has declared war on us”: an appeal from people …
This is the tragedy that has befallen the heroic people of Eritrea, who stood up to the super-powers to secure Eritrea's independence. «New Statesman, Jul 15»
4
Vacations are a Necessity…Not a Luxury
Contrary to the Governor's bragging, New Jersey is suffering from many of the same ills that have befallen others using the same policies. «City Watch, Jul 15»
5
Banking inquiry: sorry but no apology
If their arrogance (or ignorance ) had been restrained, the disaster which has befallen the Irish economy could have been averted. Finance ... «Irish Times, Jul 15»
6
Nadal's conqueror Brown downed by Troicki
As Dustin Brown slipped out in the third round, losing to 22nd seed Victor Troiki, he continued the unfortunate run of form that has befallen the ... «The Bell Jar, Jul 15»
7
TALES FROM THE TOOLBOX: Gettysburg was a real barn-burner
Smyth, that should they be unable to hold the objective after taking it, as had befallen their predecessors, it would be prudent to torch the ... «Newbritainherald, Jul 15»
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After the greeks' experience: Jamaica must take heed
This is the only way we can avoid the pitfalls that have befallen Greece; pitfalls that are heading in our direction unless we take heed. «Jamaica Observer, Jul 15»
9
Lure of lights in central city
... bottle and the photograph, Smith is screening an illuminated image, a ghostly reminder of the fishing boat and the tragedy that has befallen it. «The Nelson Mail, Jul 15»
10
On the eve of Srebrenica's 20th anniversary
It is sensitive to write, particularly for a Turkish media outlet, about an issue connected to genocide that has befallen anywhere in the world. «Today's Zaman, Jul 15»

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