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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.

Usage Examples:

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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