• IPA: /ˈhæv.ək/

havoc (uncountable)

  1. widespread devastation, destruction
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 1, scene 1]:
      Ye gods, what havoc does ambition make / Among your works!
  2. mayhem
Translations Translations
  • French: chaos
  • Russian: беспоря́док

havoc (havocs, present participle havocking; past and past participle havocked)

  1. To pillage.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act I, Scene II:
      To tear and havoc more than she can eat.
  2. To cause havoc.
  1. A cry in war as the signal for indiscriminate slaughter.
    • Do not cry havoc, where you should but hunt / With modest warrant.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i]:
      Cry "havoc", and let slip the dogs of war!

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