Definitions for debacledəˈbɑ kəl, -ˈbæk əl, deɪ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•ba•cledəˈbɑ kəl, -ˈbæk əl, deɪ-(n.)

  1. a disaster or fiasco.

  2. a general rout or dispersal of troops.

  3. a breaking up of ice in a river.

    Category: Geography (terms)

Origin of debacle:

1795–1805; < F débâcle, der. of débâcler to unbar, clear =dé-dis -1+bâcler to bar 蠐 L baculum stick, rod

Princeton's WordNet

  1. debacle, fiasco(noun)

    a sudden and violent collapse

  2. debacle(noun)

    flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer

  3. thrashing, walloping, debacle, drubbing, slaughter, trouncing, whipping(noun)

    a sound defeat


  1. debacle(Noun)

    An event or enterprise that ends suddenly and disastrously, often with humiliating consequences.

  2. debacle(Noun)

    A breaking up of a natural dam, usually made of ice, by a river and the ensuing rush of water.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Debacle(noun)

    a breaking or bursting forth; a violent rush or flood of waters which breaks down opposing barriers, and hurls forward and disperses blocks of stone and other debris


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