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mayhem

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noun may·hem \ˈmā-ˌhem, ˈmā-əm\

Simple Definition of mayhem

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

Full Definition of mayhem

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  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

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mayhem

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noun may·hem \ˈmā-ˌhem, ˈmā-əm\

Medical Definition of mayhem

  1. :  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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