V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: any undertaking that results in a failure or disaster, especially an embarrassing one
Synonyms: failure, disaster, embarrassment, blunder, breakdown, debacle, flop
Antonyms: success, accomplishment
Tips: Something that is planned and does not turn out successfully, but ends in disaster or embarrassment is known as a fiasco. Fiasco is a special word for an especially huge and utter failure. It is NOT to be used in terms of tragedies or severe, life altering events.
When the skunk snuck into the church during the wedding reception, a chain of events unfolded that turned the celebration into a fiasco. (debacle, disaster)
Disorganization and bitter rivalries turned the debate into a fiasco. (debacle, blunder)
We didn't have the slides we needed for the presentation and half of the team arrived late, turning the whole thing into a fiasco. (failure, embarrassment, blunder)
I lost my wallet and my wife got food poisoning; I would say the vacation was a fiasco. (flop, disaster)
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