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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
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debacle

[deɪˈbɑːkəl dɪˈbɑːkəl] n
(British) (= fiasco) → fiasco m
(= military disaster) → débâcle f
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débâcle

nDebakel nt(over bei)
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debacle

[deɪˈbɑːkl] ndisastro; (defeat) → disfatta; (collapse) → sfacelo
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Geologists formerly would have brought into play the violent action of some overwhelming debacle; but in thi case such a supposition would have been quite inadmissible because, the same step-like plains with existing sea-shell lying on their surface, which front the long line of the Patagonian coast, sweep up on each side of the valley of Sant Cruz.
It is difficult perhaps for the broad-minded and long-perspectived reader to understand how incredible the breaking down of the scientific civilisation seemed to those,who actually lived at this time, who in their own persons went down in that debacle. Progress had marched as it seemed invincible about the earth, never now to rest again.
It was a general debacle. He sought to drown his sorrow for the defeat in floods of beer.
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And if CBI can investigate all other issues of the country, why can't it probe sports debacles? It's high time the premier investigative agency should also help cleanse Indian sports, particularly the roles of sports administrators as they too are responsible for failures, not just the athletes.
Raje was asked to quit by BJP national president Rajnath Singh on Wednesday after the party's core group decided to remove her at its meeting on August 7 following its twin debacles in the desert state in quick succession.