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. Leoncio Evasco Jr:

    It also further unmasks the true character of the Aquino regime – one that in the face of debacle will abandon ship and run like a headless chicken.

  4. 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.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    Perhaps no business organization would have ever doomed to debacle if its owner had made even a small room for growth for its talented worker to reach to the decision-making, topmost position

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