mayhem


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may·hem

 (mā′hĕm′, mā′əm)
n.
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.]

mayhem

(ˈmeɪhɛm) or

maihem

n
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)

n.
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]

mayhem

Law. an intentional crippling, disfigurement, or mutilation of another.
See also: Crime
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mayhem - the willful and unlawful crippling or mutilation of another personmayhem - the willful and unlawful crippling or mutilation of another person
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
2.mayhem - violent and needless disturbancemayhem - violent and needless disturbance  
disturbance - the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion

mayhem

noun chaos, trouble, violence, disorder, destruction, confusion, havoc, fracas, commotion the economic mayhem that this country's going through now
Translations

mayhem

[ˈmeɪhem] N
1.alboroto m, caos m
2. (US) (Jur) → mutilación f criminal

mayhem

[ˈmeɪhɛm] npagaille f
to cause mayhem → semer la pagaille

mayhem

n
(US Jur) → (schwere) Körperverletzung
(= havoc)Chaos nt

mayhem

[ˈmeɪhɛm] ncagnara
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