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fiasco (noun) total failure.
A complete and embarrassing failure is a fiasco. A fiasco causes terrible disappointment. If the party you hold turns out a failure, with only a few of the invitees attending it, your party is a fiasco. When the government of a country loses vote for its proposition in its parliament, it suffers a fiasco. A disgraceful defeat in an election is a fiasco.
- George's attempt to get the support of his friends for stopping the work on the project for environmental reasons was a fiasco, as very few of them responded to his call.
- The first movie he directed bombed at the box office, but not losing heart at this fiasco, he went on to make some of the most outstanding movies.