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de·ba·cle

 (dĭ-bä′kəl, -băk′əl, dĕb′ə-kəl)
n.
1. A sudden, disastrous collapse, downfall, or defeat; a rout.
2. A total, often ludicrous failure.
3. The breaking up of ice in a river.
4. A violent flood.

[French débâcle, from débâcler, to unbar, from Old French desbacler : des-, de- + bacler, to bar (from Vulgar Latin *bacculāre, from Latin baculum, rod; see bak- in Indo-European roots).]
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debacle

(deɪˈbɑːkəl; dɪ-)
n
1. (Military) a sudden disastrous collapse or defeat, esp one involving a disorderly retreat; rout
2. (Environmental Science) the breaking up of ice in a river during spring or summer, often causing flooding
3. (Environmental Science) a violent rush of water carrying along debris
[C19: from French débâcle, from Old French desbacler to unbolt, ultimately from Latin baculum rod, staff]
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de•ba•cle

(dəˈbɑ 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.
[1795–1805; < French débâcle, derivative of débâcler to unbar, clear =dé- dis-1 + bâcler to bar « Latin baculum stick, rod]
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debacle

- Comes from French debacler, "to unbar, free," with the root sense being "to shatter with one's rod"; its original meaning was "a breaking-up of ice in a river" or a "sudden flood or rush of water carrying debris."
See also related terms for rush.
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Debacle

 a confused rush or route; a violent rush of water.
Example: a debacle of water, 1823.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.debacle - a sudden and violent collapse
collapse - a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in; "the roof is in danger of collapse"; "the collapse of the old star under its own gravity"
2.debacle - flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer
flood, inundation, alluvion, deluge - the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land; "plains fertilized by annual inundations"
3.debacle - a sound defeatdebacle - a sound defeat      
defeat, licking - an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest; "it was a narrow defeat"; "the army's only defeat"; "they suffered a convincing licking"
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debacle

débâcle
noun disaster, catastrophe, fiasco the convention was a debacle
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debacle

noun
An abrupt disastrous failure:
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Translations
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debacle

debacle

débâcle [deɪˈbɑːkl] Ndebacle f, desastre m (Mil) → derrota f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

debacle

[deɪˈbɑːkəl dɪˈbɑːkəl] n
(British) (= fiasco) → fiasco m
(= military disaster) → débâcle f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

débâcle

nDebakel nt(over bei)
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debacle

[deɪˈbɑːkl] ndisastro; (defeat) → disfatta; (collapse) → sfacelo
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As the furore continued, David Miller, chairman of the bungling SQA, admitted an inquiry into the debackle would be damaging and promised he would quit if ministers demanded his resignation.