- A sudden and ignominious failure; a fiasco: the only man to reach double figures in the second-innings debacleMore example sentences
fiasco, failure, catastrophe, disaster, disintegration, mess, wreck, ruin; downfall, collapse, defeat, rout, overthrow, conquest, trouncingBritish • informal cock-up, pig's earNorth American • informal snafu
- 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.
early 19th century (in sense 'the breaking up of ice in a river'): from French débâcle, from débâcler 'unleash', from dé- 'un-' + bâcler 'to bar' (from Latin baculum 'staff').