ruc·​tion | \ ˈrək-shən How to pronounce ruction (audio) \

Definition of ruction

1 : a noisy fight

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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.

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the ruction ended with everyone involved getting arrested the ruction outside the door prompted me to investigate what was going on
Recent Examples on the Web Once again, waspish commentators noted, an American woman has caused a ruction in the royal family. Washington Post, "Royal reset: Harry, Meghan aim to control their media image," 9 Jan. 2020 Deteriorating finances come at a bad time, however, with ructions in China’s money markets threatening to damp demand for corporate bonds. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "The World Doesn’t Need Trouble in Chinese Steel," 21 June 2019 The volcano’s ructions escalated on Sunday, prompting the provincial government in Batangas to declare a state of calamity. Washington Post, "Taal volcano eruption forces thousands to seek safer ground in the Philippines," 13 Jan. 2020 Once again, waspish commentators noted, an American woman has caused a ruction in the British royal family. Danica Kirka, Anchorage Daily News, "With ‘Megxit,’ Prince Harry and Meghan aim to control their media image," 9 Jan. 2020 But Gerwig resists that temptation by keeping her eye firmly on the economics to which Alcott herself was all too keenly aware, and allowing her characters to experience joy even within their severest ructions and reversals. Ann Hornaday, Houston Chronicle, "‘Little Women’ is a very nearly perfect film, a new classic," 20 Dec. 2019 At some point, ructions in financial markets would force a change—a weak pound makes imports more expensive, trimming living standards. The Economist, "A Labour government would radically transform Britain," 30 Oct. 2019 America's political ructions keep bursting from its borders. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "The US stories reverberating across the globe -- Meanwhile in America," 11 Oct. 2019 Before Prince Andrew’s interview, the biggest royal ruction in years—albeit one very different in both tone and substance—had come only weeks earlier, during Harry and Meghan’s September tour of Southern Africa. Simon Usborne, Town & Country, "The Royal Family Has Lost Control of the Message," 23 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of ruction

circa 1825, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for ruction

perhaps by shortening & alteration from insurrection

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“Ruction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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