Word of the Day: Fallen


fall-en / -lən


1.  killed In battle

These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.

Michael N. Castle, 1939 –

2. having a loss of one’s reputation, honor or chastity; dishonored; disgraced

The basic premise of the Constitution was a separation of powers and a system of checks and balances because man was perceived as a fallen creature and would always yearn for more power.

Roy Moore, 1947 –

3. having dropped in a downward direction

A fallen blossom never returns to the branch.

Japanese Proverb

4. ruined; severely damaged

A fallen lighthouse is more dangerous than a reef.

Chinese Proverb

5. defeated

A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished.

Friedrich Schiller, 1759 – 1805


1. past participle of the verb “fall”

I am not concerned that you have fallen — I am concerned that you arise.

Abraham Lincoln, 1809 – 1865