debacle Definition

  • 1a sudden and complete failure
  • 2a great disaster or complete failure

Using debacle: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "debacle" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company's financial debacle led to its bankruptcy.

  • Example

    The military operation ended in a debacle.

  • Example

    The team's performance was a complete debacle.

  • Example

    The political campaign turned into a debacle for the candidate.

debacle Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for debacle

Idioms Using debacle

  • go down in flames (or go up in flames)

    to fail spectacularly or disastrously


    The new product launch went down in flames, with sales far below expectations.

  • crash and burn

    to fail completely and with finality


    The startup crashed and burned after only a few months of operation.

  • a disastrous or chaotic situation


    The meeting was a train wreck, with everyone talking over each other and no decisions being made.

Phrases with debacle

  • a situation where an economy experiences a sudden and significant downturn, often leading to recession or depression


    The country's economic debacle resulted in high unemployment rates and inflation.

  • a situation where a political campaign or policy fails miserably


    The government's handling of the crisis was a political debacle, leading to widespread protests and criticism.

  • a situation where a company or organization's public relations efforts backfire, resulting in negative publicity and damage to their reputation


    The celebrity's social media post turned into a PR debacle, with many people calling for a boycott of their products.

Origins of debacle

from French 'débâcle', meaning 'breaking up of ice'


Summary: debacle in Brief

'Debacle' [dɪˈbɑːkl] refers to a sudden and complete failure or great disaster. It can be used to describe a range of situations, from financial and military failures to political campaigns and public relations efforts. Phrases like 'economic debacle' and 'PR debacle' extend its usage, while idioms like 'go down in flames' and 'train wreck' illustrate its impact.