havoc


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hav·oc

 (hăv′ək)
n.
1. Widespread destruction; devastation.
2. Disorder or chaos: a wild party that created havoc in the house.
tr.v. hav·ocked, hav·ock·ing, hav·ocs
To destroy or pillage.

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

havoc

(ˈhævək)
n
1. destruction; devastation; ruin
2. informal confusion; chaos
3. cry havoc archaic to give the signal for pillage and destruction
4. play havoc (often foll by with) to cause a great deal of damage, distress, or confusion (to)
vb, -ocs, -ocking or -ocked
(tr) archaic to lay waste
[C15: from Old French havot pillage, probably of Germanic origin]

hav•oc

(ˈhæv ək)

n., v. -ocked, -ock•ing. n.
1. great destruction or devastation; ruinous damage.
v.t.
2. to work havoc upon; devastate.
v.i.
3. to work havoc.
Idioms:
play havoc with,
a. to create confusion or disorder in.
b. to destroy; ruin.
[1400–50; late Middle English havok < Anglo-French (in phrase crier havok to cry havoc, i.e., utter the command havoc! as signal for pillaging), Middle French havot in same sense < Germanic]
hav′ock•er, n.

havoc


Past participle: havocked
Gerund: havocking

Imperative
havoc
havoc
Present
I havoc
you havoc
he/she/it havocs
we havoc
you havoc
they havoc
Preterite
I havocked
you havocked
he/she/it havocked
we havocked
you havocked
they havocked
Present Continuous
I am havocking
you are havocking
he/she/it is havocking
we are havocking
you are havocking
they are havocking
Present Perfect
I have havocked
you have havocked
he/she/it has havocked
we have havocked
you have havocked
they have havocked
Past Continuous
I was havocking
you were havocking
he/she/it was havocking
we were havocking
you were havocking
they were havocking
Past Perfect
I had havocked
you had havocked
he/she/it had havocked
we had havocked
you had havocked
they had havocked
Future
I will havoc
you will havoc
he/she/it will havoc
we will havoc
you will havoc
they will havoc
Future Perfect
I will have havocked
you will have havocked
he/she/it will have havocked
we will have havocked
you will have havocked
they will have havocked
Future Continuous
I will be havocking
you will be havocking
he/she/it will be havocking
we will be havocking
you will be havocking
they will be havocking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been havocking
you have been havocking
he/she/it has been havocking
we have been havocking
you have been havocking
they have been havocking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been havocking
you will have been havocking
he/she/it will have been havocking
we will have been havocking
you will have been havocking
they will have been havocking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been havocking
you had been havocking
he/she/it had been havocking
we had been havocking
you had been havocking
they had been havocking
Conditional
I would havoc
you would havoc
he/she/it would havoc
we would havoc
you would havoc
they would havoc
Past Conditional
I would have havocked
you would have havocked
he/she/it would have havocked
we would have havocked
you would have havocked
they would have havocked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.havoc - violent and needless disturbancehavoc - violent and needless disturbance  
disturbance - the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion

havoc

noun
1. devastation, damage, destruction, waste, ruin, wreck, slaughter, ravages, carnage, desolation, rack and ruin, despoliation Rioters caused havoc in the centre of the town.
2. (Informal) disorder, confusion, chaos, disruption, mayhem, shambles A single mare running loose could cause havoc among otherwise reliable stallions.
play havoc with something wreck, destroy, devastate, disrupt, demolish, disorganize, bring into chaos Drug addiction soon played havoc with his career.

havoc

noun
The act of destroying or state of being destroyed:
verb
To rob of goods by force, especially in time of war:
Archaic: harrow, spoil.
Translations
خَراب، دمار
spoušť
ødelæggelse
pusztítás
eyîilegging, skaîi
nusiaubimas
postījumi

havoc

[ˈhævək] Nestragos mpl
to cause or create havochacer estragos
this latest decision will cause havoc in the tourist industryesta última decisión hará estragos or provocará grandes trastornos en el sector turístico
to play havoc with the recession is playing havoc with the government's balance sheetsla recesión está dando al traste con or haciendo estragos en los balances de ejercicio del gobierno
the food in the hotel played havoc with my digestionla comida del hotel me destrozó el estómago
the weather played havoc with sporting fixtures this weekendel mal tiempo arruinó los acontecimientos deportivos del fin de semana
to wreak havochacer estragos
the slugs are wreaking havoc in the gardenlas babosas están arruinando or estropeando el jardín
stress can wreak havoc on the immune systemel estrés puede causar serios trastornos en el sistema inmunológico

havoc

[ˈhævək] nravages mpl, dégâts mpl
to cause havoc → semer le chaos
to play havoc with sth → détraquer qch
to wreak havoc (= cause serious damage) → faire des ravages
Slugs wreak havoc on young plants → Les limaces font des ravages sur les jeunes plantes.
Stress can wreak havoc on the immune system → Le stress peut faire des ravages sur le système immunitaire.

havoc

nverheerender Schaden; (= devastation also)Verwüstung f; (= chaos)Chaos nt; to cause or create havocein Chaos verursachen; to wreak havoc in or on or with something, to play havoc with somethingbei etw verheerenden Schaden anrichten; (physical damage also) → etw verwüsten, etw verheerend zurichten; with health, part of the bodyfür etw üble or schlimme Folgen haben, sich übel auf etw (acc)auswirken; with life, careeretw ruinieren; the tornado wreaked havoc all along the coastder Tornado richtete entlang der ganzen Küste große Verwüstungen an; this wreaked havoc with their plansdas brachte ihre Pläne völlig durcheinander; the sudden rise in oil prices played havoc with India’s five-year plander plötzliche Anstieg der Ölpreise hat Indiens Fünfjahresplan vollständig über den Haufen geworfen (inf)

havoc

[ˈhævək] ndistruzione f, devastazione f
to wreak havoc on → devastare
to play havoc with (fig) → scombussolare

havoc

(ˈhӕvək) noun
great destruction or damage. The hurricane created havoc over a wide area.
References in classic literature ?
New Zealand Tom and Don Miguel, after at various times creating great havoc among the boats of different vessels, were finally gone in quest of, systematically hunted out, chased and killed by valiant whaling captains, who heaved up their anchors with that express object as much in view, as in setting out through the Narragansett Woods, Captain Butler of old had it in his mind to capture that notorious murderous savage Annawon, the headmost warrior of the Indian King Philip.
It seemed that the Jeroboam had not long left home, when upon speaking a whale-ship, her people were reliably apprised of the existence of Moby Dick, and the havoc he had made.
The havoc continued an hour and a half, and unim- aginable was the destruction of substantials.
Peter sprang a couple of yards in the air, and then delivered a war-whoop and set off round and round the room, banging against furniture, upsetting flower-pots, and making general havoc.
She had a habit of confiding her conquests to less fortunate girls and bewailing the incessant havoc and damage she was doing; a damage she avowed herself as innocent of, in intention, as any new-born lamb.
The havoc that months had previously wrought was now emulated by the inroads of hours.
She began to 'help' my mother next morning, and was in and out of the store-closet all day, putting things to rights, and making havoc in the old arrangements.
He sat; and in th' assembly next upstood NISROC, of Principalities the prime; As one he stood escap't from cruel fight, Sore toild, his riv'n Armes to havoc hewn, And cloudie in aspect thus answering spake.
And, indeed, I was glad not to have been a spectator of the havoc they made, because I am confident it would have sensibly touched me, by bringing former passages into my mind, which I would rather have forgot.
He awoke, roused himself up, shook himself and stretched his lazy limbs, and seeing the havoc the pigs had made with his stores he cursed the drove, and more besides.
The havoc wrought in her drawn features filled me with dumb amazement.
The ape stood looking about him at the havoc he had wrought, but whether he was awaiting a renewal of the attack or was deliberating which of his foes he should exterminate first Paulvitch could not guess.