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debacle

de·ba·cle

debacle

 
pronunciation:
d ba kl [or] d bae kl
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sudden collapse into disaster; downfall.
The stock market crash of 1929 caused an economic debacle.
similar words:
downfall
definition 2: a complete failure, often deserving ridicule; fiasco.
He was so nervous that his first concert was a debacle.
definition 3: a torrent of rushing water or broken-up ice, as on a river; flood.
The poor animals were caught up in the debacle and drowned.
similar words:
cataract