- A sudden and ignominious failure; a fiasco: the economic debacle that became known as the Great DepressionMore 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.
early 19th century: from French débâcle, from débâcler 'unleash', from dé- 'un-' + bâcler 'to bar' (from Latin baculum 'staff').