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Is there a specific word to : what you can call a person that never accomplished anything in their life

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    I think that looking for synonyms of 'failure' could be considered general reference. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 15 '17 at 10:02
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Wastrel

[noun, literary]

A person who does nothing positive with their life, making no use of their abilities or the opportunities that are offered to them.

[Cambridge dictionary]

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Non-achiever (noun)

• any person who does not succeed or progress, especially because of lack of interest or motivation. Dictionary.com

Failure (noun)

• an unsuccessful person, enterprise, or thing. (Google)

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loser is a common slang term for such a person. It is quite harsh in tone.

loser

  1. Slang. a misfit, especially someone who has never or seldom been successful at a job, personal relationship, etc.

[dictionary.com]

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  • Fruitless/Futile
  • Non-achiever
  • Impotent
  • Useless
  • Unsuccessful
  • NEET (acronym for someone with no employment, education or training)
  • etc.

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How about 'ne'er-do-well'; it's a bit old fashioned but still works. Apparently that one line answer is deletable on the grounds of insufficient information, so to correct that I can dilate that ne'er-do-well is axiomatically a one letter contraction of 'never-do-well' which according to the O.E.D first appeared written in English in 1737 although 'ne'er' first appeared in 1275; their definition is 'one who never does and is never likely to do well, a good-for-nothing, worthless person'.Webster's Encyclopedic Dictionary says 'a worthless person likely to get into trouble' and Dr Johnson strangely does not have 'ne'er-do-well' but does define 'ne'er' as (for never) and gives this quote from Hudibras, a 17th century poem by Samuel Butler - "It appears I am no horse, That I can argue and discourse; Have but two legs and ne'er a tail" I hope this will not be regarded as deletable on the grounds of prolixity or sesquipedalianism.

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  • This would be a good answer with some supporting information. – Davo Aug 15 '17 at 16:27

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