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Meaning of debacle

de•ba•cle

Pronunciation: (dā-bä'kul, -bak'ul, du-), [key]
— n.
  1. a general breakup or dispersion; sudden downfall or rout: The revolution ended in a debacle.
  2. a complete collapse or failure.
  3. a breaking up of ice in a river. Cf. embacle.
  4. a violent rush of waters or ice.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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