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[ruhk-shuh n] /ˈrʌk ʃən/
a disturbance, quarrel, or row.
Origin of ruction
1815-25; origin uncertain Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for ruction


noun (informal)
an uproar; noisy or quarrelsome disturbance
(pl) a violent and unpleasant row; trouble: there'll be ructions when she finds out
Word Origin
C19: perhaps changed from insurrection
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Word Origin and History for ruction

"disturbance," 1825, dialectal or colloquial, of unknown origin. Perhaps from eruption or an altered shortening of insurrection.

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