Havoc



[hav-uh k] /ˈhæv ək/

noun
1.
great destruction or devastation; ruinous damage.
verb (used with object), havocked, havocking.
2.
to work havoc upon; devastate.
verb (used without object), havocked, havocking.
3.
to work havoc:
The fire havocked throughout the house.
Idioms
4.
cry havoc, to warn of danger or disaster.
5.
play havoc with,

/ˈhævək/
noun
1.
destruction; devastation; ruin
2.
(informal) confusion; chaos
3.
(archaic) cry havoc, to give the signal for pillage and destruction
4.
(often foll by with) play havoc, to cause a great deal of damage, distress, or confusion (to)
verb -ocs, -ocking, -ocked
5.
(transitive) (archaic) to lay waste
n.

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.
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