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debacle

[ dee-bah-kuhl, dey-, duh-, -bak-uhl ]
/ diˈbɑ kəl, deɪ-, də-, -ˈbæk əl /
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noun
a general breakup or dispersion; sudden downfall or rout: The revolution ended in a debacle.
a complete collapse or failure.
a breaking up of ice in a river.Compare embacle.
a violent rush of waters or ice.
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Origin of debacle

1795–1805; <French débâcle, derivative of débâcler to unbar, clear, equivalent to dé-dis-1 + bâcler to bar ≪ Latin baculum stick, rod
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British Dictionary definitions for debacle

debacle
/ (deɪˈbɑːkəl, dɪ-) /

noun
a sudden disastrous collapse or defeat, esp one involving a disorderly retreat; rout
the breaking up of ice in a river during spring or summer, often causing flooding
a violent rush of water carrying along debris

Word Origin for debacle

C19: from French débâcle, from Old French desbacler to unbolt, ultimately from Latin baculum rod, staff
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