Definition of debacle in English:


Syllabification: de·ba·cle
Pronunciation: /dāˈbäk(ə)l
, dəˈbäk(ə)l


A sudden and ignominious failure; a fiasco: the economic debacle that became known as the Great Depression
More example sentences
  • I caution you however, to mention that the left cannot afford any more debacles that could have easily been prevented by fact checking.
  • Often the films in question turn into debacles.
  • The debacle at Gallipoli meant the war ministry in London needed a propaganda success.
fiasco, failure, catastrophe, disaster, mess, ruin;
downfall, collapse, defeat
informal foul-up, screw-up, hash, botch, washout, snafu


early 19th century: from French débâcle, from débâcler 'unleash', from dé- 'un-' + bâcler 'to bar' (from Latin baculum 'staff').

Definition of debacle in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day bimble
Pronunciation: ˈbɪmb(ə)l
walk or travel at a leisurely pace