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to infest, to attack, to come over
(Cousin of English "to befall". Not really a translation though. Mainly used for insects attacking plants or some sort of curse or spell "infecting" a person. NOT for physical attacks on people. That would be "anfallen".)
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The verb "fallen" - (almost) all Prefix Versions


fallen, auffallen, ausfallen, befallen, entfallen, einfallen, abfallen, anfallen, verfallen,...

Word Family

Root: *pol-

The core idea of this root was:


It doesn’t have any other relatives besides to fall and fallen (and “to fell” and “fällen”) in German and English and it is notably absent from the Latin branch of the Indo-European family. There, the word for falling was *kadere, which is the origin of words like cadence, incident or case.

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