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Debacle   /dəbˈɑkəl/   Listen
Debacle

noun
1.
A sudden and violent collapse.  Synonym: fiasco.
2.
Flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer.
3.
A sound defeat.  Synonyms: drubbing, slaughter, thrashing, trouncing, walloping, whipping.






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"Debacle" Quotes from Famous Books



... small stream is actually blocked with German stores, including much gun ammunition. The German advance which ended in this debacle has been the costliest defeat in point of materials which ...
— The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol 1, Issue 4, January 23, 1915 • Various



Words linked to "Debacle" :   collapse, inundation, deluge, drubbing, alluvion, flood, licking, defeat, slaughter



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