AskDefine | Define mayhem

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1 the willful and unlawful crippling or mutilation of another person
2 violent and needless disturbance [syn: havoc]

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Middle English maim, mayhem;
from Olde English maihem;
from Old French mahaigne, injury;
from mahaignier, to maim;
from Vulgar Latin mahanre.


  • a general physical disturbance; a crowd tussle or fight.
    She waded into the mayhem, elbowing between taller men to work her way to the front of the crowd.
    The clowns would dart into the crowd and pull another unsuspecting victim into the mayhem of the ring
  • a state of disorder; chaos
    The fighting dogs created mayhem in the flower beds.
    What if the legendary hero Robin Hood had been born into the mayhem of the 20th century ?
  • The crime of willfully maiming or injuring a person.
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mayhem in Simple English: Mayhem
mayhem in Slovak: Mayhem

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