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Meaning of DEBACLE

Pronunciation:  dey'bâkul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a sudden and violent collapse
  2. [n]  a sound defeat
  3. [n]  flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer

DEBACLE is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: drubbing, fiasco, slaughter, thrashing, trouncing, walloping, whipping
 See Also: alluvion, collapse, defeat, deluge, flood, inundation, licking



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*ba"cle\, n. [F. d['e]b[^a]cle, fr. d['e]b[^a]cler to
    unbar, break loose; pref. d['e]- (prob. = L. dis) + b[^a]cler
    to bolt, fr. L. baculum a stick.] (Geol.)
    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 d['e]bris.
  2. \De*ba"cle\, n.
    A sudden breaking up or breaking loose; a violent dispersion
    or disruption; impetuous rush; outburst.
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