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fracas

[frey-kuh s; British frak-ah] /ˈfreɪ kəs; British ˈfræk ɑ/
noun
1.
a noisy, disorderly disturbance or fight; riotous brawl; uproar.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < French < Italian fracasso, derivative of fracassare to smash, equivalent to fra- (< Latin infrā among) completely + cassare to break; see cassation
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fracas

/ˈfrækɑː/
noun
1.
a noisy quarrel; brawl
Word Origin
C18: from French, from fracasser to shatter, from Latin frangere to break, influenced by quassāre to shatter
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Word Origin and History for fracases'

fracas

n.

1727, from French fracas (15c.), from Italian fracasso "uproar, crash," back-formation from fracassare "to smash, crash, break in pieces," from fra-, a shortening of Latin infra "below" + Italian cassare "to break," from Latin quassare "to shake" (see quash).

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