Debacle - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |deɪˈbɑːkl|  American pronunciation of the word debacle
Brit.  |deɪˈbɑːk(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word debacle


- a sudden and violent collapse (syn: fiasco)
- flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer
- a sound defeat (syn: drubbing, slaughter, thrashing, trouncing, walloping, whipping)


After the debacle of his first novel, he had trouble getting a publisher for his next book.

...the financial debacle that was the stock market crash of 1929...

What a debacle. Next thing he knew, one of the patients would turn up dead.

Word forms

singular: debacle
plural: debacles
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