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Definition of "mayhem" []

  • Law The offense of willfully maiming or crippling a person. (noun)
  • Infliction of violent injury on a person or thing; wanton destruction: children committing mayhem in the flower beds. (noun)
  • A state of violent disorder or riotous confusion; havoc. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mayhem" in a sentence
  • "I like the word mayhem but it sounds a bit harsh than what we've got going on."
  • "Sounds great, working in mayhem is not nice at all."
  • "To be incapable of committing mayhem is not the mark of the civilized, merely the domesticated."