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
: 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 mayhem—Associated Press>
Crime of willfully and permanently crippling, mutilating, or disfiguring any part of another's body. Some jurisdictions do not distinguish between mayhem and other types of battery. Japanese law treats all batteries similarly; Indian law divides bodily harms into hurts and grievous hurts. In most U.S. states mayhem is encompassed by assault and aggravated assault.