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havoc

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noun hav·oc \ ˈha-vək , -vik \

Definition of havoc

1 :wide and general destruction :devastation
  • A tornado wreaked havoc on the town two years ago.
2 :great confusion and disorder
  • the blackout caused havoc in the city

Examples of havoc in a Sentence

  1. The disease can play havoc with the body's immune system.

  2. Several small children can create havoc in a house.

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Origin and Etymology of havoc

Middle English havok, from Anglo-French, modification of Old French havot plunder


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havoc

verb

Definition of havoc

havocked; havocking
transitive verb
:to lay waste :destroy

Origin and Etymology of havoc

see 1havoc



HAVOC Defined for English Language Learners

havoc

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Definition of havoc for English Language Learners

  • : a situation in which there is much destruction or confusion


HAVOC Defined for Kids

havoc

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noun hav·oc \ ˈha-vək \

Definition of havoc for Students

1 :wide destruction
  • The storm wreaked havoc.
2 :great confusion and lack of order My young nephews caused havoc.


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