Definition of debacle in English:

debacle

Syllabification: de·ba·cle
Pronunciation: /diˈbakəl, -ˈbäkəl
 
/

noun

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.
Synonyms
fiasco, failure, catastrophe, disaster, mess, ruin; downfall, collapse, defeat
informal foul-up, screw-up, hash, botch, washout, snafu

Origin

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

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