Definition of debacle:
massacre, walloping, drubbing, beating, licking, slaughter, flogging, whipstitch, mass murder, fiasco, catastrophe, whacking, rout, whipping, carnage, thrashing, tanning, trouncing, butchery, smash, money, disaster, smashup, whipstitching, lacing, flagellation, lashing, crash.
Amongst the gneiss and granite boulders brought down by this debacle, I collected some actinolites; but all minerals are extremely rare in Sikkim and I never heard of a gem or crystal of any size or beauty, or of an ore of any consequence, being found in this country.- "Himalayan Journals V2.", J. D. Hooker.
Against the latter hypothesis all the arguments which Charpentier originally brought forward in opposition to the first popular doctrine of a grand debacle or sudden flood rushing down from the Alps to the Jura might be revived.- "The Antiquity of Man", Charles Lyell.
- "Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II", Caius Cornelius Tacitus.