noun may·hem \ˈmā-ˌhem, ˈmā-əm\

: actions that hurt people and destroy things : a scene or situation that involves a lot of violence

Full Definition of MAYHEM

a :  willful and permanent deprivation of a bodily member resulting in the impairment of a person's fighting ability
b :  willful and permanent crippling, mutilation, or disfigurement of any part of the body
:  needless or willful damage or violence

Examples of MAYHEM

  1. movies filled with murder and mayhem
  2. a criminal who escaped from prison and caused mayhem

Origin of MAYHEM

Middle English mayme, mahaime, from Anglo-French mahaim mutilation, mayhem, from maheimer, mahaigner to maim, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German meiden gelding, Old Norse meitha to injure
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with MAYHEM

Medical Dictionary


noun may·hem \ˈmā-ˌhem, ˈmā-əm\

Medical Definition of MAYHEM

:  willful and permanent crippling, mutilation, or disfiguring of any part of another's body; also :  the crime of engaging in mayhem <physicians, accused…of sterilizing her through trickery, were ordered held for trial on charges of conspiracy to commit mayhemAssociated Press>


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