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

Definition of ruction

1 : a noisy fight

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Synonyms for ruction


affray [chiefly British], brawl, broil, donnybrook, fracas, fray, free-for-all, melee (also mêlée), rough-and-tumble, row, ruckus

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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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With Hollywood in a continual state of technological, corporate and cultural ruction, will there still be enough room to bring the crazy? Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, "In praise of the messy, misunderstood masterpiece (and in search of the next one)," 25 July 2019 The exact start date for the new technology board remains unknown, and could be affected by the ructions in China’s stock market amid the trade war with the U.S., "China's New Nasdaq Is Only Taking Profitable Firms for Now," 27 May 2019 Yet for all the ructions, the visible impact on America’s hard economic data has so far been relatively small. The Economist, "The market believes the Fed will cut rates by September. Should it?," 13 June 2019 This summer’s ructions in Italy reinforced the point. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Investors Should Call Italy’s Bluff," 28 Sep. 2018 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., "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

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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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