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noun
ruc·tion | \ ˈrək-shən \

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.

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

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More ructions in its fixed income and currency markets, this time with the Fed deep into its tightening cycle and little relief in sight, would be far more worrisome. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "A Stock Market Crash With Chinese Characteristics," 9 July 2018 But this year’s ructions in global markets started with a steep climb in bond yields in part due to rising inflation. Richard Barley, WSJ, "Investors Have Become Too Complacent About Inflation," 11 July 2018 That negative opinion of Mourinho could, therefore, impact any chances that United have of signing Bale if the forward elects to depart Santiago Bernabeu this summer, and cause more ructions between United's board and Mourinho himself. SI.com, "Reports Claim Man Utd Bale Deal May Hinge on Zidane's Real Future & Mourinho's Shaw Treatment," 24 Mar. 2018 But the evidence from Asia in recent days suggests that rising trade tensions and European market ructions haven’t yet turned slowing growth into a full-on rout. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Global Growth Isn’t Dead Yet," 8 June 2018 Having signed a £350,000-a-week contract back in February, the German's new deal divided the Arsenal dressing room, with ructions between players arriving as a result of the huge amount of money given to the inconsistent playmaker. SI.com, "Aaron Ramsey in Line for New 5-Year Deal at Arsenal After Being Identified as Key Man by Unai Emery," 31 May 2018 Italy’s political ructions have turned a gain of 2.8% for the country’s bonds at the start of May into a near-1% decline, ICE BofAML indexes show. Richard Barley, WSJ, "What Is Happening to Global Growth?," 23 May 2018 However, the threat of wholesale changes caused ructions throughout the sport before the decision was announced. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Olympic sailing overhauled in 'gender equity' drive for Paris 2024," 15 May 2018 Dudamel’s reluctance to engage in the political ructions of his native country was a rare point of vulnerability until last year, when his criticism of President Maduro led to the cancellation of two tours with the Bolivár orchestra. Fergus Mcintosh, The New Yorker, "L.A. Phil’s Superstar Conductor Returns to New York," 21 Apr. 2018

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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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