American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Law The offense of willfully maiming or crippling a person.
- n. Infliction of violent injury on a person or thing; wanton destruction: children committing mayhem in the flower beds.
- n. A state of violent disorder or riotous confusion; havoc.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. A state or situation of great confusion, disorder, trouble or destruction; chaos.
- n. Infliction of violent injury on a person or thing.
- n. law The maiming of a person by depriving him of the use of any of his limbs which are necessary for defense or protection.
- n. law The crime of damaging things or harming people on purpose.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. Violent disorder, especially such as causes serious harm to persons or damage to property.
- n. violent and needless disturbance
- n. the willful and unlawful crippling or mutilation of another person
- Middle English mayme, mahaime, from Anglo-Norman mahaim ("mutilation"), from Old French mahaign ("bodily harm, loss of limb"), from Germanic, from Proto-Germanic *maidijanan (“to cripple, injure”) (compare Middle High German meidem, meiden 'gelding', Old Norse meiða 'to injure', Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌹𐌳𐌾𐌰𐌽 maidjan 'to alter, falsify'), from Proto-Indo-European *mei (“to change”). More at mad. The original meaning referred to the crime of maiming, the other senses derived from this. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English maim, mayhem, from Anglo-Norman maihem, from Old French mahaigne, injury, from mahaignier, to maim, from Vulgar Latin *mahanāre, probably of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro said Tuesday that the cause of last week's market mayhem is still unknown but practically ruled out some ...”
“That type of mayhem is a long way away, but the potential for BCS controversy is high, unlike last season, when Florida, Alabama and Texas moved into the top three spots in late September and didn't budge until the SEC title game.”
“Dave: Domestic mayhem is a permanent condition, my spare time is spent with Dylan or domestic chores.”
“As before, director Robert McNamara has assembled a large cast to re-create not only the mischievous men sowing mayhem from the safety of a CBS radio studio, but also to voice the reactions of the widely duped public.”
“How odd that murder and mayhem is what I turn to but I guess because I like how the good guys win (usually!) and everything gets resolved in the end.”
“According to William Buiter in the FT a large part of the financial mayhem is down to rampant dishonesty amounting to criminality in some of the financial institutions.”
“Whether this will have any effect at all on the availability to those minded to use them for mayhem is another question, since absent enforcement, laws only effect the law abiding. on November 3, 2008 at 3: 42 pm | Reply ChrisC”
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