A Word A Day : Havoc

Monday, 24th September 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Verb & Noun)

Pronunciation : hav'ok

1. Widespread destruction

2. The act of destroying or state of being destroyed

3. To rob of goods by force, especially in time of war

4. Chaotic situation


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


1. Devastation

2. Disorder

3. Chaos

4. Destruction

5. Ruin

6. Wreckage

7. Wreck

8. Undoing

9. Ruination


1. Peace

2. Order

3. Civilisation

Contextual Examples:

• But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden. — Buddha (563-483 BC)

• The infection spread into the town of Boston, and made much havoc there.

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