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Synonyms and Antonyms of debacle

  1. 1 a sudden violent event that brings about great loss or destruction <the financial debacle that was the stock market crash of 1929> Synonyms apocalypse, calamity, cataclysm, catastrophe, disaster (also débâcle), tragedyRelated Words bloodbath, collapse, crash, meltdown; Armageddon, doomsday, end-time; convulsion, paroxysm, upheaval; accident, casualty, fatality; misadventure, mischance, misfortune, mishap; blast, blow, double whammy, one-two (or one-two punch)Near Antonyms godsend, manna, windfall

  2. 2 something that has failed <the movie, which some had predicted would be a blockbuster, turned out to be the summer's biggest debacle at the multiplexes> Synonyms bomb, bummer, bust, catastrophe, clinker, clunker, failure (also débâcle), disaster, dud, fiasco, fizzle, flop, frost, lemon, loser, miss, shipwreck, turkey, washoutRelated Words also-ran, disappointment, dog, has-been, near miss; botch, hash, mess, muddle, shambles; nonevent; nonstarterNear Antonyms corker, crackerjack (also crackajack), dandy, jim-dandy, phenomenonAntonyms blockbuster, hit, smash, success, winner

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of a yellow-green or bluish-gray color

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