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Meaning of HAVOC

Pronunciation:  'havuk

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  violent and needless disturbance

HAVOC is a 5 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: mayhem
 See Also: disturbance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hav"oc\, n. [W. hafog devastation, havoc; or, if this be
    itself fr. E. havoc, cf. OE. havot, or AS. hafoc hawk, which
    is a cruel or rapacious bird, or F. hai, voux! a cry to
    Wide and general destruction; devastation; waste.
          As for Saul, he made havoc of the church. --Acts viii.
          Ye gods, what havoc does ambition make Among your
          works!                                   --Addison.
  2. \Hav"oc\, v. t.
    To devastate; to destroy; to lay waste.
          To waste and havoc yonder world.         --Milton.
  3. \Hav"oc\, interj. [See {Havoc}, n.]
    A cry in war as the signal for indiscriminate slaughter.
          Do not cry havoc, where you should but hunt With modest
          warrant.                                 --Shak.
          Cry 'havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war! --Shak.
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