- a noisy, disorderly disturbance or fight; riotous brawl; uproar.
Origin of fracas
Related Words for fracassquabble, flap, riot, uproar, brawl, scuffle, free-for-all, feud, melee, altercation, tumult, brouhaha, fray, quarrel, bickering, ruffle, rumpus, scrimmage, run-in, affray
Examples from the Web for fracas
Contemporary Examples of fracas
Jonathan Franzen is in a fracas over his comments deploring our literary culture, Amazon, and social media.In Defense of Jonathan Franzen
September 26, 2013
Bennett is part of the rightwing bloc, which is not, as a whole, weakened by the fracas.Why Israel's Center-left Won’t Block Bibi
January 15, 2013
Hart then segued into the Kristen Stewart fracas, joining Jodie Foster in the “get over it, people” camp.Rihanna, One Direction, Frank Ocean & More: 7 Best Moments from 2012 VMAs (VIDEO)
September 7, 2012
However exactly the timeline unfolded, the fracas is emblematic of the White House's lack of political savvy.Wimp in the White House
August 31, 2011
The fracas began when one author boasted to the fashion blog Racked about Isabella's family members attending her book party.The War Over Isabella Blow
November 18, 2010
Historical Examples of fracas
The motley passengers were all sound asleep; no one had been disturbed by the fracas.Pirates of the Gorm
Were they safe on board, or were they captured or killed in the fracas?
I fell asleep and dreamed that I was in the fracas at the end of the mole.
They came, and each identified Arthur as the third party in the fracas.The Romance Of Giovanni Calvotti
David Christie Murray
As a matter of fact, there was the finest sort of a fracas afoot.The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service
James R. Driscoll
- a noisy quarrel; brawl
Word Origin for fracas
1727, from French fracas (15c.), from Italian fracasso "uproar, crash," back-formation from fracassare "to smash, crash, break in pieces," from fra-, a shortening of Latin infra "below" + Italian cassare "to break," from Latin quassare "to shake" (see quash).