An example of a debacle is a poorly run political campaign that ends in overwhelming defeat.
- a breaking up of ice in a river, etc.
- a rush of debris-filled waters
- an overwhelming defeat or rout
- a total, often ludicrous, collapse or failure
Origin of debacleFrench débâcle, breakup, overthrow from débâcler, to break up from dé-, de-, + bâcler, to bar, probably from Vulgar Latin an unverified form bacculare from an unverified form bacculum, variant, variety of Classical Latin baculum, staff: see bacillus
- A sudden, disastrous collapse, downfall, or defeat; a rout.
- A total, often ludicrous failure.
- The breaking up of ice in a river.
- A violent flood.
Origin of debacleFrench débâcle from débâcler to unbar from Old French desbacler des- de- bacler to bar ( from Vulgar Latin bacculāre ) ( from Latin baculum rod ; see bak- in Indo-European roots.)
- Although authorities say that the word is properly spelled with both accents their use tends to be variable, with either or both often dropped, particularly in non-technical writing. Its headword in the online Oxford English Dictionary has none.
From French débâcle, from débâcler (“to unbar; unleash”) from prefix dé- (“un-”) + bâcler (“to dash, bind, bar, block”), from Middle French, from Old French bâcler, bacler (“to hold in place, prop a door or window open”), from Middle Dutch bakkelen (“to freeze artificially, lock in place”), from bakken (“to stick, stick hard, glue together”). Also attested in Old French desbacler (“to clear a harbour by getting ships unloaded to make room for incoming ships with lading”) and in Occitan baclar (“to close”). Modern sense of "bar, block" stems from influence from Latin baculum (“staff”). The word débâcle is first attested in the early 19th century.
debacle - Computer Definition
Misfortune; calamity; setback. Pronounced "dee-bock-el."