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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ʃamˈbɒlɪk/
- (General American) enPR: shăm(')bŏlʹĭk, IPA(key): /(ˌ)ʃæmˈbɑlɪk/
- (General Australian) IPA(key): /ʃæmˈbɔlɪk/
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- Rhymes: -ɒlɪk
- Hyphenation: sham‧bol‧ic
- Chaotic, disorganised or mismanaged. [from 1952]
- 1952 April 1, The Tank, volume 34, number 396, London, page 231:
- [O]ne must admit there were those among us who were somewhat on the shambolic side.
- 1958 December 5, “Pavilion Would Help Clubs”, in West Sussex County Times, Horsham, page 6:
- He said his club had coined a new word 'Shambolic,' which meant spending more time watching the weather than playing.
- 1994, Timothy O'Riordan; James Cameron, “The History and Contemporary Significance of the Precautionary Principle”, in Tim O'Riordan and James Cameron, editors, Interpreting the Precautionary Principle, London: Earthscan, →ISBN, page 12:
- The precautionary principle is a culturally framed concept that takes its cue from changing social conceptions about the appropriate roles of science, economics, ethics, politics and the law in pro-active environmental protection and management. As this book will reveal, it is a rather shambolic concept, muddled in policy advice and subject to the whims of international diplomacy and the unpredictable public mood over the true cost of sustainable living.
- 2013, Philip Murphy, “Winds of Change and the Royal Family”, in Monarchy and the End of Empire: The House of Windsor, the British Government, and the Postwar Commonwealth, Oxford: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 66:
- The shabby subterfuge surrounding Suez [the Suez Crisis], as much as its shambolic aftermath, have made it a symbol of the collapse of British global power in the post-war era.
- 2014 October 22, Graham Michael Barton, “Distribution”, in Show Me the Money: Where Did All the Aid and Money Go after Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines November 2013, Bloomington, Ind.: AuthorHouse, →ISBN, page 5:
- During normal times, distribution of goods or services to over 7,000 islands [in the Philippines] is difficult, and the reality is that on a day-to-day basis, it's shambolic. There are too many examples of corruption and inefficiency.
- 2020 May 6, Sir Michael Holden, “Time for our industry's leaders to rise to the challenge”, in Rail, page 28:
- New train introduction had become shambolic with extended delays - mainly due to repeated software issues, seriously late deliveries, and gauging problems.
- 2020 September 28, New York Times Editorial Board, “The Picture of a Broken Tax System”, in New York Times:
- Donald Trump’s tax returns illustrate the profound inequities of the tax code and the shambolic state of federal enforcement.
- “shambolic” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
- “shambolic” in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press.