noun (plural fiascos)
- A complete failure, especially a ludicrous or humiliating one: his plans turned into a fiascoMore example sentences
failure, disaster, catastrophe, debacle, shambles, farce, mess, wreck, ruin, ruination, blunder, botch, abortionBritish • informal pig's ear, cock-upNorth American • informal snafuAustralian/New Zealand • informal fizzer
- If Namibia was a real constitutional democracy, President Nujoma should have been called to clear up scandals, fiascos and debacles that have characterized, mainly, the last five years of his rule.
- At the start of the new millennium, the corporate world witnessed major fiascos and ethical blunders.
- It was a fiasco and a disaster, but the courage of the soldiers impressed even the Russians.
mid 19th century: from Italian, literally 'bottle, flask', in the phrase far fiasco, literally 'make a bottle', figuratively 'fail in a performance': the reason for the figurative sense is unexplained.