[ruhk-shuh n]


a disturbance, quarrel, or row.

Origin of ruction

First recorded in 1815–25; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun informal

an uproar; noisy or quarrelsome disturbance
(plural) a violent and unpleasant row; troublethere'll be ructions when she finds out

Word Origin for ruction

C19: perhaps changed from insurrection
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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.

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