Definition of Debacle

1. Noun. A sudden and violent collapse.

Exact synonyms: Fiasco
Generic synonyms: Collapse



2. Noun. Flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer.
Generic synonyms: Alluvion, Deluge, Flood, Inundation

3. Noun. A sound defeat.
Exact synonyms: Drubbing, Slaughter, Thrashing, Trouncing, Walloping, Whipping
Generic synonyms: Defeat, Licking
Derivative terms: Drub, Thrash, Trounce, Wallop, Whip

Definition of Debacle

1. n. 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 débris.

2. n. A sudden breaking up or breaking loose; a violent dispersion or disruption; impetuous rush; outburst.

Definition of Debacle

1. Noun. An event or enterprise that ends suddenly and disastrously, often with humiliating consequences. ¹

2. Noun. (ecology) A breaking up of a natural dam, usually made of ice, by a river and the ensuing rush of water. ¹

3. Noun. (alternative form of debacle) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Debacle

1. a sudden collapse [n -S]

Medical Definition of Debacle

1. 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. Origin: F. Debacle, fr. Debacler to unbar, break loose; pref. De- (prob. = L. Dis) + bacler to bolt, fr. L. Baculum a stick. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Debacle

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deawie
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deazaflavin
deazaflavins
deazapurine
deazapurines
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debacchation
debacchations
debacle (current term)
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debag
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debaggings
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deball
deballast
deballasted
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deballed
deballing

Literary usage of Debacle

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1. The Bookman (1903)
"... measureless avenue in an accursed city burning on both sides with pavements of molten lava."—La debacle. THE LAST BARRICADE OF THE COMMUNE.—"LA debacle. ..."

2. Patchwork by Basil Hall (1841)
"Progress of the debacle.—Martigny Swamped.— The Church saves the Town. — Martigny after the debacle Effects on the Torrent—The Power of Moving Water. ..."

3. The Quarterly Review by William Gifford, John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, William Smith, John Murray, Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, George Walter Prothero (1903)
"... 1875 ; L'Assommoir, 1877; Nana, 1880 ; Pot-Bouille, 1882; La Terre, 1887; La debacle, 1892.) 2. Les Trois Villes. By the same. ..."

4. The Literary Digest History of the World War: Compiled from Original and (1919)
"... FOLLOWED BY A TURKISH debacle January, 1917—October 26, 1918 EARLY in the war Turkish forces had twice reached the Suez Canal, and so threatened British ..."

5. The Role of Federal Military Forces in Domestic Disorders, 1789-1878 by Robert W. Coakley (1996)
"... of an army of foreigners led by American officers going to attack a set of foreigners on American soil."17 The Winter debacle After receiving his ..."

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