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Definitions for debacle
dəˈbɑ kəl, -ˈbæk əl, deɪ-de·ba·cle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. debacle, fiasconoun

    a sudden and violent collapse

  2. debaclenoun

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

  3. thrashing, walloping, debacle, drubbing, slaughter, trouncing, whippingnoun

    a sound defeat


  1. Debaclenoun

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

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


  1. debaclenoun

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

  2. debaclenoun

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Debaclenoun

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of debacle in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. Will Cain:

    If this were President Trump, would there be a push for impeachment? We know the answer is yes. If this phone call didn't happen, if it was simply the Afghan debacle under President Trump? Would there be impeachment? Absolutely. If two top FDA executives resigned under President Trump, would there be a controversy? Yes, clearly we're not playing by the same rules a year ago.

  3. 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.

  4. Claudia Tenney:

    Look, right now, we have families that are still stranded. so this is just completely unacceptable. And it's part of the debacle that has been this policy and Secretary Blinken needs to answer that.

  5. Michael James:

    Certainly this was not welcome news, but I don't think it's a debacle either, in general, investors are not overly concerned by the news from Apple as a read through to technology or the market overall.

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    the quality of being impenetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
    • A. squint-eye
    • B. imperviousness
    • C. taper
    • D. auspices

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