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havoc

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noun hav·oc \ˈha-vək, -vik\

Definition of havoc

  1. 1 :  wide and general destruction :  devastation <A tornado wreaked havoc on the town two years ago.>

  2. 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.

Origin and Etymology of havoc

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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havoc

verb hav·oc

Definition of havoc

havocked

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havocking

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to lay waste :  destroy

Origin and Etymology of havoc

see 1havoc


First Known Use: 1575



HAVOC Defined for English Language Learners

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havoc

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noun hav·oc \ˈha-vək, -vik\

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. 1 :  wide destruction <The storm wreaked havoc.>

  2. 2 :  great confusion and lack of order <My young nephews caused havoc.>



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