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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 ?
The long lances, the heavy maces, the sixbladed battle axes, and the well tempered swords of the knights played havoc among them, so that the rout was complete; but, not content with victory, Prince Edward must glut his vengeance, and so he pursued the citizens for miles, butchering great numbers of them, while many more were drowned in attempting to escape across the Ouse.
The musketry sounded in long irregular surges that played havoc with his ears.
Noorani said that owing to good policies of the PMLN government, the value dollar had reduced from Rs 110 to Rs 98, but unfortunately sitins had played havoc with economy.
The high flood in Naulla Dek continued playing played havoc in as many as 26 flooded villages of Pasrur tehsil and 30 villages of Zafarwal.
THERE were only two games played in the Morpeth Sunday League this week as once again the weather played havoc with the scheduled games.
King proved to be the prince of the finishers as he played havoc on the Quids' back division while Paul Sawyer added to the woes of the visitors by netting a brace in the Senior Division clash.
The inclement weather, a high water table at Flushing Meadows and poor scheduling have played havoc over the past fortnight.
HURRICANE IRENE played havoc with yesterday's programme in the States, where the biggest victim was the showpiece card at Saratoga due to feature the Grade 1 Personal Ensign.
THE recent storms across the country have played havoc with competition programmes, leaving a frantic scramble for the few free dates in the New Year.
Cup fixtures played havoc with the league fixtures at the weekend, leaving only three games and the biggest winners were Ards as Tommy Kincaid's side moved into third place with a 4-0 win over Glebe Rangers.
The weather played havoc with proceedings with rain delays meaning Andy Murray couldn't finish his match against Fabio Fognini, which he led 7-6, 1-0.
The windy conditions played havoc at this stage of proceedings last year, with only seven players managing to post a score under 70.