Havoc definition

hăvək
Widespread destruction; devastation.
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To destroy or pillage.
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Great destruction and devastation, as that resulting from hurricanes, wars, etc.
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(obs.) To lay waste; devastate.
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Disorder or chaos.

A wild party that created havoc in the house.

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  • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The People that Time Forgot, edition HTML, The Gutenberg Project, published 2008.
    But when I had come to that part of the city which I judged to have contained the relics I sought I found havoc that had been wrought there even greater than elsewhere.
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To cause havoc.
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A cry in war as the signal for indiscriminate slaughter.
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Havoc is defined as a lot of destruction or chaos.

An example of havoc is the damage from a hurricane.

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cry havoc
  • to give (an army) the signal for pillaging
  • to warn of great, impending danger
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play havoc with
  • to devastate; destroy; ruin
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

play havoc with

Origin of havoc

  • Middle English havok from Anglo-Norman (crier) havok (to cry) havoc variant of Old French havot plundering of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman havok in the phrase crier havok (“cry havoc”) a signal to soldiers to seize plunder, from Old French crier (“cry out, shout”) + havot (“pillaging, looting”).

    From Wiktionary