What is the worst that may befall?
What befell the ship?
An example of befall is when you are in a serious car accident.
What befell them?
Temptation befell me.
Origin of befall
- Middle English bifallen from Old English befeallan to fall
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English befallen, from Old English befeallan (“to fall, deprive of, bereave of, fall to, be assigned to, befall”), equivalent to be- + fall. Cognate with Dutch bevallen (“to please”), German befallen (“to befall, attack, overcome”), Swedish befalla (“to command, prescribe, direct”).