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1825, of unknown origin, possibly from eruption or insurrection.[1]


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈɹʌk.ʃən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌkʃən


ruction (plural ructions)

  1. A noisy quarrel or fight.
    • 1947, Christopher Sheridan, Bread and circuses, page 52:
      She could see there were going to be ructions. Sure enough there'd be a scene between them, when Sebastian found what Tilly had been up to.
    • 2002, Ruth Bereson, The Operatic State: Cultural Policy and the Opera House, page 148:
      Although she acknowledged that the development of an opera house had caused considerable ructions in Australia, she nevertheless implied that its construction was a sort of coming-of-age for the rough antipodeans
    • 2013, Alan S. Blinder, After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, ..., page 381:
      While the U.S. government had a huge fiscal deficit, similar to Greece's, the financial ructions emanating from Athens sent nervous money flocking to the United States, not away.
    • 2014, Murray C. Morison, Time Sphere:
      Dad drove and Mum commented on Dad's driving; not too much, but just enough to occasionally lead to ructions.


Related terms[edit]



  • ruction at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • ruction in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
  1. ^ ruction” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.