Definition of debacle :
1. A breaking or bursting forth; a violent rush or flood of waters which breaks down opposing barriers, and hurls forward and disperses blocks of stone and other debris.
2. A sudden breaking up or breaking loose; a violent dispersion or disruption; impetuous rush; outburst.
mass murder, slaughter, crash, catastrophe, smash, licking, flogging, whipstitching, rout, beating, money, tanning, drubbing, massacre, carnage, walloping, lacing, disaster, whipstitch, lashing, whacking, smashup, flagellation, butchery, whipping
failure (part of speech: noun)
ruin (part of speech: noun)
- 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.
- The revolt on the Rhine foreshadowed the debacle of the fifth century. - "Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II", Caius Cornelius Tacitus.