havoc


1hav·oc

noun \ˈha-vək, -vik\

: a situation in which there is much destruction or confusion

Full Definition of HAVOC

1
:  wide and general destruction :  devastation
2
:  great confusion and disorder <the blackout caused havoc in the city>

Examples of HAVOC

  1. The disease can play havoc with the body's immune system.
  2. Several small children can create havoc in a house.

Origin of HAVOC

Middle English havok, from Anglo-French, modification of Old French havot plunder
First Known Use: 15th century

2havoc

verb
hav·ockedhav·ock·ing

Definition of HAVOC

transitive verb
:  to lay waste :  destroy

First Known Use of HAVOC

1577

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