verb (used with object), hav·ocked, hav·ock·ing.
verb (used without object), hav·ocked, hav·ock·ing.
- to create confusion or disorder in: The wind played havoc with the papers on the desk.
- to destroy; ruin: The bad weather played havoc with our vacation plans.
Origin of havoc
Examples from the Web for havoc
She is shocked by the breadth of the havoc unleashed on Gaza and is devastated by the price Palestinians have paid.
An oblique view of baseball full of hijinks, havoc, and humor, this is fandom to the extreme.Home Runs, Frozen Ropes, And Some Wild Cards In Best Baseball Books|Robert Birnbaum|April 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And Bishop, Colossus, Warpath, Blink, Sunspot, Quiksilver, Stryker and Havoc will all be there too.
Given the public fury, the law may not last, but it has already caused plenty of havoc.
The Daily Pic: At the Hirshhorn Museum, Ed Ruscha and others take a refined view of havoc.
The unfortunate natives of the eighteenth century allowed all kinds of havoc to be played with even their best-known names.The Revival of Irish Literature|Charles Gavan Duffy
On the tomb of the doer of this havoc is written, with an unconscious sarcasm, "Multum ei debet ecclesia Wellensis."History of the Cathedral Church of Wells|Edward A. Freeman
There lay the French squadron before us, no one on board dreaming of the havoc and destruction about to be wrought among them.Hurricane Hurry|W.H.G. Kingston
To these he added the immense range of his migrations, and the havoc he commits.
Thousands, it is to be feared, cursed Glyndwr as they looked upon the havoc which the last decade had wrought.Owen Glyndwr and the Last Struggle for Welsh Independence|Arthur Granville Bradley
verb -ocs, -ocking or -ocked
Word Origin for havoc
early 15c., from Anglo-French havok in phrase crier havok "cry havoc" (late 14c.), a signal to soldiers to seize plunder, from Old French havot "pillaging, looting," related to haver "to seize, grasp," hef "hook," probably from a Germanic source (see hawk (n.)), or from Latin habere "to have, possess." General sense of "devastation" first recorded late 15c.
see cry havoc; play havoc.