Definition of


  1. (noun, act) violent and needless disturbance
  2. (noun, act) the willful and unlawful crippling or mutilation of another person

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Synonyms of Mayhem


Origin of the word Mayhem

  1. 1472, from Anglo-Fr. maihem (13c.), from O.Fr. mahaigne "injury," related to mahaignier "to maim" (see maim). Originally, in law, the crime of maiming a person to make him less able to defend himself or annoy his adversary. more

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