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1. Law The criminal offense of willfully maiming, disabling, or disfiguring a person.
2. Infliction of violent injury on a person or thing; wanton destruction: children committing mayhem in the flower beds.
3. A state of violent disorder or riotous confusion; havoc.
[Middle English maim, mayhem, from Anglo-Norman maihem, from Old French mahaigne, injury, from mahaignier, to maim, from Vulgar Latin *mahanāre, probably of Germanic origin.]
1. (Law) law the wilful and unlawful infliction of injury upon a person, esp (formerly) the injuring or removing of a limb rendering him less capable of defending himself against attack
2. any violent destruction or confusion
[C15: from Anglo-French mahem injury, from Germanic; related to Icelandic meitha to hurt. See maim]
may•hem(ˈmeɪ hɛm, ˈmeɪ əm)
1. the crime of willfully inflicting an injury on another so as to cripple or mutilate.
2. random or deliberate violence or damage.
3. rowdy disorder.
[1350–1400; Middle English ma(he)yme]
Law. an intentional crippling, disfigurement, or mutilation of another.See also: Crime
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|Noun||1.||mayhem - the willful and unlawful crippling or mutilation of another person|
|2.||mayhem - violent and needless disturbance |
disturbance - the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion