havoc

Havoc is a noun that means devastation or total mayhem. Havoc often wreaked by hurricanes, angry mobs, plundering Vikings, and wild parties that get out of control.

If we trace havoc way back, we arrive at a crossroads. Some people believe that the word comes from the Old French havot, meaning “plundering, devastation,” while others argue that it was passed down to us from the Latin habere, meaning “to have, possess.” Either way you look at it, the meaning remains the same: widespread disorder or destruction.

Definitions of havoc
  1. noun
    violent and needless disturbance
    synonyms: mayhem
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    type of:
    disturbance
    the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion
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