noun de·ba·cle \dē-ˈbä-kəl, di-, -ˈba-; ÷ˈde-bə-kəl\

: a great disaster or complete failure

Full Definition of DEBACLE

:  a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river
:  a violent disruption (as of an army) :  rout
a :  a great disaster
b :  a complete failure :  fiasco

Variants of DEBACLE

de·ba·cle also ··cle \also dā-ˈbäk(lə)\

Examples of DEBACLE

  1. After the debacle of his first novel, he had trouble getting a publisher for his next book.
  2. <the financial debacle that was the stock market crash of 1929>
  3. What a debacle. Next thing he knew, one of the patients would turn up dead. —T. Coraghessan Boyle, The Road to Wellville, 1993

Origin of DEBACLE

French débâcle, from débâcler to clear, from Middle French desbacler, from des- de- + bacler to block, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *bacculare, from Latin baculum staff
First Known Use: 1802

Rhymes with DEBACLE


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