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Examples of ruction in a sentence
the ruction ended with everyone involved getting arrested
the ruction outside the door prompted me to investigate what was going on
Did You Know?
English offers up a scramble of colorful words for what can happen when tempers spill over. For example, we have melee, fracas, donnybrook, ruckus, and one especially for baseball fans, rhubarb. Ruction is rarer than most of these. Etymologists speculate that ruction came to English in the early 19th century as a shortening and alteration of another word suggesting an episode of violence: insurrection. The earliest uses of ruction specifically make reference to the Irish Rebellion of 1798, an uprising against British rule on that island. Ruckus came later, toward the end of the 19th century, and was probably formed by combining ruction with rumpus.
Origin and Etymology of ruction
perhaps by shortening & alteration from insurrection
First Known Use: circa 1825
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