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Debacle   /dəbˈɑkəl/   Listen

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

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"Debacle" Quotes from Famous Books

... the papers seemed to say that all was not well in France, but France was so far away, and all the time the Russians were going west through our village. Mighty Russia was putting forth her strength, and the Austrian debacle was in full swing; these were great days, my Karl, ...
— The Diary of a U-boat Commander • Anon

... ask her to be nice to my party in the evening. I did call, while the crowd were having a picnic-lunch, ran the Grayles-Grice to her place, and stopped long enough for coffee. She's fond of a little gossip, and knew all about the debacle at Kidd's Pines of course. I gave her a few picturesque details of P. S. and his exploits on land. Mrs. Sam had already heard of those at sea. The stewardess and her maid had cheered the monotony of the voyage by describing the "Stormy Petrel," ...
— The Lightning Conductor Discovers America • C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel)

... peasant in the face of the great calamity was a continual source of amazement to us. Zola in "Le Debacle" puts into his picture of the battle of Sedan an old peasant plowing on his farm in the valley. While shells go screaming overhead he placidly drives his old white horse through the accustomed furrows. One naturally ...
— In the Claws of the German Eagle • Albert Rhys Williams

... mentality were the results of thinking young. But now he heard the avalanche stirring, the whispering slither of the first pebbles. He would grow old swiftly, thunderously. Kitty's youth would shore up the debacle, suspend it indefinitely. Marry her, cheat her, and stay ...
— The Drums Of Jeopardy • Harold MacGrath

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

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