Definition of debacle in English:


Line breaks: de|bacle
Pronunciation: /deɪˈbɑːk(ə)l


A sudden and ignominious failure; a fiasco: the only man to reach double figures in the second-innings debacle
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  • 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, disintegration, mess, wreck, ruin;
downfall, collapse, defeat, rout, overthrow, conquest, trouncing
informal foul-up, screw-up, hash, botch, washout, fail
British informal cock-up, pig's ear
North American informal snafu
vulgar slang fuck-up, balls-up


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').

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