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Below you will find the definition of debacle, followed by 44 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
debacle(dĭ-bäˈkəl, -băkˈəl, dĕbˈə-kəl)
(noun) - flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer
EXAMPLES - Debacle in a Sentence
- L'Equipe had dubbed the debacle "A State Scandal." (source)
- To say that this debacle was a debacle is a vast understatement. (source)
- Although the recall debacle hung over the shareholders 'meeting, the statements from (source)
- Afghanistan's runoff election must be delayed -- or another debacle is a virtual certainty. (source)
- If this debacle is allowed to happen it will make the Jimmy Carter years look like paradise. (source)
- Macedonia's Nato membership has also been blocked by Greece until the name debacle is resolved. (source)
- So to say that corrupt financiers are in charge of orchestrating the debacle is a clear nonsense. (source)
- President Bush's current second-term debacle exceeds any other White House calamity in modern times. (source)
- Stephen McGuinness has labelled the debacle a "storm in a teacup" and defended the Wexford-born player. (source)
- If Davis wins, the Republican-backed recall debacle could hurt George W. Bush's re-election bid in 2004. (source)
- The change in legislation was brought about to try and ensure the debacle was the last of its kind in South Africa. (source)
- She warned that she was "somewhat restricted" in what she could say on the debacle, which is the subject of a number of probes. (source)
- The unfolding foreclosure-processing debacle is causing bank stocks to slide and putting millions of delinquent borrowers in limbo. (source)
- The debacle is a monumental failure of government at all levels, an inability to serve the citizens when that service is most needed. (source)
- In 1985, Forbes magazine called the debacle "the largest managerial disaster in business history," and investors have stayed away ever since. (source)
- What we have here is all pain and no gain for the taxpayers roped into this debacle, which is proving to be the story of the entire banking bailout. (source)
- "What we have here is all pain and no gain for the taxpayers roped into this debacle, which is proving to be the story of the entire banking bailout." (source)
- Also sounds like the Halos are learning from the U-Haul "debacle" - I wonder if they were demanding this window in the summer and that's what killed it? (source)
- The football fiasco is taking an increasingly political turn in France, where the leading sports daily L'Equipe has dubbed the debacle "A state scandal". (source)
- Once elected, a president is everybody ` s president but can ` t please us all and shouldn ` t try unless he is content to leave a one-term debacle behind. (source)
- "Zuma unwittingly illustrated what the solution for the name debacle should be, i.e. to recognise both names and use both names", Spies said in a statement. (source)
- Some experts predict that the only way out of the debacle is a huge settlement in which home-loan servicers modify the terms of billions of dollars of mortgages. (source)
- I would even use the word debacle in some respects, "Bardhan said when it was pointed out that the Left had lost more than double civic bodies than it had retained. (source)
- But the conclusion to the debacle is a useful and timely illustration of the threat to democracy posed by the forthcoming Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP). (source)
- Toyota Motor Corp, revered in the industry for making reliable quality cars, is caught in a mass recall debacle that has spread from North America to Europe and China. (source)
- Some shareholders criticized Citic Pacific management over the debacle, which is under investigation by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Securities and Futures Commission. (source)
- Adding another layer to the debacle is the fact that Genentech has only tested Avastin for breast cancer or lung cancer treatment at a dose double that prescribed for colon cancer. (source)
- "Adding another layer to the debacle is the fact that Genentech has only tested Avastin for breast cancer or lung cancer treatment at a dose double that prescribed for colon cancer." (source)
- It's a shrub known as the debacle that I shouldn't tempt fate by putting up pictures of floor brooms, there are a whole lot of brooms on God's green earth that I can taunt the Nats with. (source)
- The problems already in place - most egregiously, our national electronic voting debacle, which is mind-boggling in its costs, malfunctions and fraud potential - need our urgent attention. (source)
- Danish media on Saturday suggested that the debacle might be the Danish government and military's fault, since they should have known troop transports over Uzbekistan require special permits. (source)
- The Cape Town Deputy Mayor debacle, which is currently confronting the City of Cape Town represents serious inconsistency and sustained leadership bad habits by the Cape Town Mayor, Helen Zille. (source)
- Washington - US President Barack Obama, speaking in the wake of Toyota's recall debacle, said all carmakers in future must come forward immediately with safety concerns and work quickly to repair problems. (source)
- His last priority, for the foreseeable future, would be the tackling of a divisive social controversy - unless he has a political death wish and seeks to replicate Bill Clinton's first-term debacle over gays in the military. (source)
- He was an accountant and knew about money and the market and we had a talk about the puts and calls debacle which earned hundreds of millions of dollars for traders who obviously had foreknowledge of what was about to happen on 9 / 11. (source)
- The phrase "The Facebook Username debacle" is first used, and becomes the preferred sobriquet for the feature forevermore. 70% of commenters mention that "Facebook Username" can be abbreviated "FU", and each thinks he is the first to think of it. (source)
- For a good background refer to the And someone explain to me, how, after that debacle, which is still reverberating, Summers and Geithner are still in Washington and not cleaning toilets in a leper colony in French Guinea. and I thought "aspirin"? (source)
- I'm using "that" as a replacement for "the dose," so the sentence could also read, "Adding another layer to the debacle is the fact that Genentech has only tested Avastin for breast cancer or lung cancer treatment at a dose double the dose prescribed for colon cancer." (source)
- Sources say that Honda was determined that it would not be embarrassed in the way that cricket was by a Stanford-style debacle, which is why Brawn and Fry were encouraged to mount a management buyout that could turn out to be one of the most successful decisions in sport. (source)
- Diplomatic analysts expressed doubts that the United Nations would be prepared to risk major intervention in the DRC, recalling the debacle of "Operation Restore Hope" and its follow-up in lawless Somalia in 1992 to 1993, which saw UN troops killed, drawn into firefights and finally pulled out. (source)
- Toyota, which passed General Motors Co as the world's top carmaker with a reputation of quality and reliability, has been mired in a recall debacle of unprecedented scale as critics accused it of moving too slowly to address a sometimes deadly problem of unintended acceleration in many of its cars. (source)
- Since breaking with its own previous positions was a common complaint about the Supreme Court's decision to stop the voting in 2000, the Clintons 'evocation of that election debacle, which is convenient for them now, would suddenly no longer support their position, and they'd then have to do yet another 180. (source)
- That level of attack on those concerned about MMR and the treatment of Wakefield raise alarm bells alone - without the latest 'dirty trick' Times/Brian Deer debacle, which is just so unethical and potentially prejudicial to the GMC hearing that people should really be up in arms at this media ethical breach - yet hey ho, it's open season on Wakefield again, so that's alright then. (source)
- SNP has insisted that as the leading political party in Scotland in the latest opinion poll, it should be included in any debate broadcast in Scotland, adding "The broadcasters would do well to recall the debacle experienced by the BBC's Panorama programme in 1995, when they were forced not to broadcast an interview with the Prime Minister in Scotland because it breached the rules of impartiality during a Scottish local election." (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 44 example sentences provided below is 46.0, which suggests that "debacle" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 29 synonyms for debacle.
beating, blue ruin, breakdown, collapse, crack-up, crash, defeasance, defeat, devastation, disaster, dissolution, downfall, drubbing, failure, fiasco, havoc, licking, overthrow, reversal, rout, ruin, ruination, shellacking, smash, smashup, trouncing, vanquishment, washout, wreck
We have 13 antonyms for debacle.
accomplishment, attainment, blessing, boon, construction, creation, miracle, rise, success, triumph, victory, win, wonder
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (dĭ-bäˈkəl, -băkˈəl, dĕbˈə-kəl)
View up to 25 definitions of debacle from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A sudden, disastrous collapse, downfall, or defeat; a rout.
- (noun) A total, often ludicrous failure.
- (noun) The breaking up of ice in a river.
- (noun) A violent flood.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) An event or enterprise that ends suddenly and disastrously, often with humiliating consequences.
- (noun) A breaking up of a natural dam, usually made of ice, by a river and the ensuing rush of water.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) 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 débris.
- (noun) A sudden breaking up or breaking loose; a violent dispersion or disruption; impetuous rush; outburst.
- (noun) a complete and ludicrous failure; a rout, as of an army; a great disaster; a fiasco.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) Specifically, the breaking up of ice in a river in consequence of a rise of the water.
- (noun) A confused rout; an uncontrollable rush; a stampede.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer
- (noun) a sudden and violent collapse
- (noun) a sound defeat