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[ruhk-shuh n] /ˈrʌk ʃən/
a disturbance, quarrel, or row.
Origin of ruction
First recorded in 1815-25; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was very certain that their ruction had only been temporary.

    The Harbor of Doubt Frank Williams
  • Spine or conscience, it's all one, once it begins to raise a ruction.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • And when he is hot we wants to keep our eyes peeled for a ruction.

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
  • There seems to be a ruction of some sort going on over there.

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
  • I'll bet if sis ever finds out about his doin's there'll be a ruction, and—— Hello!

    Motor Matt's "Century" Run Stanley R. Matthews
  • Were late as it is, on account of that ruction with Boolus, said Lee.

    Bobby Blake on a Plantation Frank A. Warner
  • "There'll be a tremendous row and ruction," Philip told him.

    On the Road to Bagdad F. S. Brereton
  • When he does he's got to stand the ruction, and guess that's what you've got to do.

    The Hero of Panama

    F. S. Brereton
  • There'll be a ruction in this neighbourhood before many minutes.'

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • Wal, you was beginnin' to tell me about this ruction up to Home's.

    Mrs. Tree's Will Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for ruction


noun (informal)
an uproar; noisy or quarrelsome disturbance
(pl) a violent and unpleasant row; trouble: there'll be ructions when she finds out
Word Origin
C19: perhaps changed from insurrection
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ruction

"disturbance," 1825, dialectal or colloquial, of unknown origin. Perhaps from eruption or an altered shortening of insurrection.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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