- Havoc is defined as a lot of destruction or chaos.
An example of havoc is the damage from a hurricane.
The havoc of a tornado.
havoc definition by Webster's New World
Origin: earlier especially in phrase cry havoc (see below) ; from Middle English and amp; Anglo-French havok ; from Old French havot, probably ; from haver, to hook, take, hef, a hook ; from Frankish an unverified form haf-, to seize: for Indo-European base see have
havoc definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Widespread destruction; devastation.
- Disorder or chaos: a wild party that created havoc in the house.
Origin: Middle English havok, from Anglo-Norman (crier) havok, (to cry) havoc, variant of Old French havot, plundering, of Germanic origin.
havoc - Phrases/Idioms
- Archaic to give (an army) the signal for pillaging
- to warn of great, impending danger
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