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A riotous disturbance; a noisy quarrel.

[Possibly alteration of insurrection.]


1. an uproar; noisy or quarrelsome disturbance
2. (plural) a violent and unpleasant row; trouble: there'll be ructions when she finds out.
[C19: perhaps changed from insurrection]


(ˈrʌk ʃən)

a disturbance, quarrel, or row.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ruction - the act of making a noisy disturbanceruction - the act of making a noisy disturbance
disturbance - the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
ado, bustle, flurry, hustle, stir, fuss - a rapid active commotion


A quarrel, fight, or disturbance marked by very noisy, disorderly, and often violent behavior:
Informal: fracas.
Slang: rumble.


n (inf) usu pl (= dispute, scolding)Krach m no pl; (= uproar also)Krawall m no pl; there’ll be ructions if you do thates gibt Krach, wenn du das tust
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"Well, Buck, my boy," he went on in a genial voice, "we've had our little ruction, and the best thing we can do is to let it go at that.
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"I must have sensed some kind of ruction between my parents, because I was really longing to live in a log cabin, read the bible and drink fresh milk."