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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Anglo-French
Origin: Old French havot 'destruction, disorder'

havoc

noun
     
hav‧oc [uncountable]
a situation in which there is a lot of damage or a lack of order, especially so that it is difficult for something to continue in the normal way
cause/create havoc
A strike will cause havoc for commuters.
policies that would wreak havoc on the country's economy
Rain has continued to play havoc with sporting events.

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