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Definition widespread destruction, disruption, or disorder
  • The virus wreaked (caused) havoc in our computer system.
  • The storm played (caused) havoc with our vacation plans.
  • The havoc in international trade will ripple through the economy.
  • You don't need too many committed to martyrdom to wreak havoc.
    Tom Ridge
  • Isn't he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem...
    Acts 9:21 (NIV)
  • Peter sprang a couple of yards in the air, and then delivered a war-whoop and set off round and round the room, banging against furniture, upsetting flower-pots, and making general havoc.
    Mark Twain  --  Tom Sawyer
  • He has now and then been a sad flirt, and cared very little for the havoc he might be making in young ladies' affections.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to work havoc;
    Isaiah 54:16 (NIV)
  • Cry, "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war.
    Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.
    Acts 8:3 (NKJV)
  • The infection spread into the town of Boston, and made much havoc there.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Grandfather's Chair
  • This quarry cries on havoc.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Blackcliff is pure havoc, worse than I could have imagined.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • "A sneeze can wreak havoc on the fringe," said Tweedy knowingly.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Miserable food, ill-timed and greedily eaten, had played havoc with bone and muscle.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Saint Dane promised to wreak havoc with all the territories in his quest to rule Halla.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • "My Queen," said the dark-haired woman, "refers to your so-called blue fever that has wreaked such havoc on your citizens.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Who hath made this havoc with them?
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • But my heart smote me when we climbed aboard and looked at the havoc he had done.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Dinner was carried in, but he would not dine with me until I would undo that day's havoc in the pigsty.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty

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