The awful part of such thinking is the failure of the imagination.
All my dreams involve me being pursued and declared a failure.
This is a story about learning to face loss and failure—if not with grace or composure, then at least with personal integrity.
Perhaps this isn't a cunning strategy, but the failure to form one.
“I felt like a failure for being sick,” she said, deflating for a moment over her Irish coffee.
But let me say to you very kindly but very plainly your life thus far is a failure.
What it meant to him may be imagined—the failure of all their hopes—their capture and death!
For Old Eli had been a failure, a flat, appalling, stupefying failure.
No; not through any failure; not through any of the accidents which will happen in all medical practice.
The thought of the loss of the gold was forgotten in his disappointment at failure.
failure fail·ure (fāl'yər)
The inability to function or perform satisfactorily.