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A noisy, disorderly fight or quarrel. See Synonyms at brawl.
[French, a sound of smashing, fracas, from French fracasser, to smash, from Italian fracassare, from Old Italian, perhaps from blend of Latin frangere, frāc-, to break; see fracture + Latin quassāre, to shake, shatter, break; see squash2.]
Usage Note: The traditional pronunciation of fracas has a long a in the first syllable, rhyming roughly with "break us." In the 2015 survey, only 59 percent of the Usage Panel found this pronunciation acceptable, and barely a third of the Panel preferred it. The pronunciation with a short a in the first syllable, rhyming roughly with "track us," is acceptable to 81 percent of the Panel and is in fact preferred by two-thirds of it, offering another example of how the pronunciation of a word can shift over time. · In British English, fracas is commonly pronounced frăk′ä and frə-kä′ (which is similar to the French pronunciation).
a noisy quarrel; brawl
[C18: from French, from fracasser to shatter, from Latin frangere to break, influenced by quassāre to shatter]
fra•cas(ˈfreɪ kəs, ˈfræk əs; Brit. ˈfræk ɑ)
a noisy disorderly disturbance or fight.
[1720–30; < French < Italian fracassare to smash]
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dustup, quarrel, run-in, wrangle, row, words - an angry dispute; "they had a quarrel"; "they had words"
batrachomyomachia - a silly altercation