What does debacle mean?

Definitions for debacledəˈbɑ kəl, -ˈbæk əl, deɪ-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word debacle.

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(n.)

    a complete and ludicrous failure; a rout, as of an army; a great disaster; a fiasco.

  2. Origin: [F. dbcle, fr. dbcler to unbar, break loose; pref. d- (prob. = L. dis) + bcler to bolt, fr. L. baculum a stick.]


  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

  2. Origin: [F. dbcle, fr. dbcler to unbar, break loose; pref. d- (prob. = L. dis) + bcler to bolt, fr. L. baculum a stick.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Debacle

    de-bak′l, n. a breaking up of ice on a river: (geol.) a sudden flood of water leaving its path strewed with debris. [Fr. débâcle; de, and bâcler, to bar—L. baculus, a stick.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of debacle in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of debacle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Maria Guerreiro:

    It's because of the situation here; it's a total debacle.

  2. Charles Schumer:

    Typically, when a political party has suffered an electoral debacle, one of the first things they do is shoot the survivors.

  3. David Karol:

    I could see Trump being a failed nominee, and the whole thing being a debacle for them with lasting consequences, they would probably lose the Senate, then they would lose the Supreme Court.

  4. Lyudmila Zhuravleva:

    After this debacle, we're left with ruins instead of a TV company, they clearly made it their job to eliminate our company in general so that even later, when we get our property back, we won't be able to function.

  5. Milan Kundera:

    Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.

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