Origin of debacle
Examples from the Web for debacle
“I believe we are in the hour of the debacle of the institutions, they cannot be any more rotten,” said Padre Goyo.
During this debacle, she read some medical literature on self-dehydration.The Nurse Coaching People Through Death by Starvation|Nick Tabor|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the event, debacle that it was, Kennedy refused to listen to them.
After this debacle, my friend and I ordered The Artist out of revenge.Prisoners Get Cultural Fix with 8-Tracks and Bootleg Cassettes|Daniel Genis|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of course, the Crash over Brokeback Mountain debacle fits into this same rant.The Worst Oscar Winners, From ‘Rocky’ and ‘Crash’ to Gwyneth Paltrow|Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern|February 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kitty's youth would shore up the debacle, suspend it indefinitely.The Drums Of Jeopardy|Harold MacGrath
And within him there was a sort of debacle; all his doubts, all his anguish and sadness burst forth in an irresistible stream.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete|Emile Zola
How long would it be before we reached this stage of debacle?Our Elizabeth|Florence A. Kilpatrick
The debacle that follows his return to India with so impossible a bride is told in a way that convinces.
He had decided to make a fortune of some sort after the first bitter rage over his debacle at Webster had abated in his heart.Gladiator|Philip Wylie
Word Origin for debacle
"disaster," 1848, from French débâcle "downfall, collapse, disaster" (17c.), a figurative use, literally "breaking up (of ice on a river)," extended to the violent flood that follows when the river ice melts in spring; from débâcler "to free," from Middle French desbacler "to unbar," from des- "off" + bacler "to bar," from Vulgar Latin *bacculare, from Latin baculum "stick" (see bacillus). Sense of "disaster" was present in French before English borrowed the word.