Debacle

De*ba"cle

(?), n. [F. dbcle, fr. dbcler to unbar, break loose; pref. d- (prob. = L. dis) + bcler to bolt, fr. L. baculum a stick.] 1. (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 dbris.
[1913 Webster]

2. A sudden breaking up or breaking loose; a violent dispersion or disruption; impetuous rush; outburst.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

3. a complete and ludicrous failure; a rout, as of an army; a great disaster; a fiasco.
[PJC]

 

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