Definition of debacle in English:


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


  • A sudden and ignominious failure; a fiasco: the economic debacle that became known as the Great Depression
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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, 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').

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