mayhem

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mayhem violent and needless disturbance
    • n mayhem the willful and unlawful crippling or mutilation of another person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • mayhem (Law) The maiming of a person by depriving him of the use of any of his members which are necessary for defense or protection. See Maim.
    • mayhem Violent disorder, especially such as causes serious harm to persons or damage to property.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mayhem At common law, a crime consisting in the violent doing of a bodily hurt to another person, such as renders him less able in fighting either to defend himself or to annoy his adversary, as distinguished from one which merely disfigures. See maim.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mayhem mā′hem the offence of depriving a person by violence of any limb, member, or organ, or causing any mutilation of the body.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
The same as maim,. See Maim
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Maim.

Usage

In literature:

Brute strength was no match for the highly evolved mayhem that every spaceman learns as a necessary part of his trade.
"The Lani People" by J. F. Bone
But that act of constructive mayhem did not destroy Mr. WEGG'S literary reputation.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 1, Saturday, April 2, 1870" by Various
He had authority over all crimes involving scholars, except murder and mayhem.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
His name wus Gaskins; I hed him up fer mayhem onct.
"The Devil's Own" by Randall Parrish
Mayhem, although popularly supposed to refer to injury to the face, lip, tongue, eye, or ear, applies to any injury done a limb.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
I can't picture us living in marriage for nine months without committing at least mayhem.
"The Galaxy Primes" by Edward Elmer Smith
She was fairly proficient at the practice of unarmed mayhem.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
It would have been easy enough if we were allowed a little mayhem.
"The Repairman" by Harry Harrison
It was as if he'd never heard of a fist blow, but only of murder and mayhem.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Right now he's the most important man in the Galaxy, and if we could talk to him I'm sure Mayhem would agree.
"A Place in the Sun" by C.H. Thames
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In news:

Does this lead beyond mayhem to tragedy.
As an impact player at linebacker for Dixie, he has a front row seat to Lambert 's mayhem.
Former Scene cover boy Machine Gun Kelly is again in the news for his patented brand of tightly-laced mayhem.
Manchester Mayhem's 1st Annual Christmas Bizarre.
A second suspect has been arrested in connection for attempted murder and mayhem after a stabbing in Manila .
Mayhem ready to shake up Montage.
Linfield D leads the nation in causing mayhem .
Insteon Fans Can Now Enjoy a Little Mayhem .
Get ready for the Mayhem .
Of course, we're talking about Mayhem , the new open-source, custom-control coding platform that's now available.
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Merry mayhem , mais oui.
Metal mayhem — no questions asked.
Murder and mayhem on HBO's 'Big Love'.
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