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[ruhk-shuh n]
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  1. a disturbance, quarrel, or row.
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Origin of ruction

First recorded in 1815–25; origin uncertain
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Related Words for ruction

ruckus, scuffle, wrangle, hassle, battle, free-for-all, row, affray, clash, rhubarb, scrap, fight, altercation, dispute, squabble, fuss, riot, argument, rumble, fracas

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Historical Examples of ruction

  • 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.

  • There seems to be a ruction of some sort going on over there.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for ruction


noun informal
  1. an uproar; noisy or quarrelsome disturbance
  2. (plural) a violent and unpleasant row; troublethere'll be ructions when she finds out
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Word Origin for ruction

C19: perhaps changed from insurrection
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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