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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ On the one hand, they did not want working class hooligans swarming all over the country causing mayhem.
▪ The consequent revaluations would cause mayhem, chaos and huge bills for those on the receiving end.
▪ But things are different at night, when he hisses, growls, howls and generally causes mayhem.
▪ I decided I'd caused enough mayhem for one day.
▪ If it were introduced before that, it would cause absolute mayhem in town halls.
wreak havoc/mayhem/destruction (on sth)
▪ And they wreak havoc with the goal of raising revenue efficiently.
▪ But we all know that a moment's overload, may wreak havoc.
▪ Did they hire a private eye to wreak havoc on the life of the harasser?
▪ Since elk can also wreak havoc in cropland and forestry plantations, a record 70,000 animals are being culled this hunting season.
▪ The goat, being a goat, wreaks havoc, and the tenant grows desperate.
▪ The storm wreaked havoc on trains and highways, making it unlikely thousands of investors and traders will arrive at work.
▪ This is a critical feature on such an instrument, as a badly cut nut here would wreak havoc on playability.
▪ Unassimilated, they might one day wreak havoc in her life.
▪ The new rules are meant to prevent mayhem on school enrollment days.
▪ Everything had gone from mayhem to a somber, peculiar hush.
▪ From these it is clear that the star created mayhem in any recording studio.
▪ He wants to sit next to her while facing a big screen and being transported by big-budget suspense or mayhem.
▪ If you're looking for ground-breaking mayhem, you got off at the wrong Greyhound stop.
▪ Initially, this three-way conflict wreaked mayhem.
▪ Just look at these cabins, and you forget traffic jams, mortgages and mayhem back home.
▪ Meanwhile over the top sings Mel, clearer and truer than before, apparently blissfully unaware of the unholy mayhem beneath her.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Maim \Maim\, n. [Written in law language maihem, and mayhem.] [OF. mehaing. See Maim, v.]

  1. The privation of the use of a limb or member of the body, by which one is rendered less able to defend himself or to annoy his adversary.

  2. The privation of any necessary part; a crippling; mutilation; injury; deprivation of something essential. See Mayhem.

    Surely there is more cause to fear lest the want there of be a maim than the use of it a blemish.

    A noble author esteems it to be a maim in history that the acts of Parliament should not be recited.


mayhem \may"hem\, n. [The same as maim. See Maim.]

  1. (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.

  2. Violent disorder, especially such as causes serious harm to persons or damage to property.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 15c., from Anglo-French maihem (13c.), from Old French mahaigne "injury, wrong, a hurt, harm, damage;" related to mahaignier "to injure, wound, mutilate, cripple" (see maim). Originally, in law, the crime of maiming a person "to make him less able to defend himself or annoy his adversary" [OED].


n. 1 A state or situation of great confusion, disorder, trouble or destruction; chaos. 2 Infliction of violent injury on a person or thing. 3 (context legal English) The maiming of a person by depriving him of the use of any of his limbs which are necessary for defense or protection. 4 (context legal English) The crime of damaging things or harming people on purpose.

  1. n. the willful and unlawful crippling or mutilation of another person

  2. violent and needless disturbance [syn: havoc]


Mayhem may refer to:

  • Mayhem (crime), a type of crime
Mayhem (crime)

Mayhem is a common law criminal offense consisting of the intentional maiming of another person.

Under the law of England and Wales and other common law jurisdictions, it originally consisted of the intentional and wanton removal of a body part that would handicap a person's ability to defend himself in combat. Under the strict common law definition, initially this required damage to an eye or a limb, while cutting off an ear or a nose was deemed not sufficiently disabling. Later the meaning of the crime expanded to encompass any mutilation, disfigurement, or crippling act done using any instrument.

Mayhem (comics)

Mayhem is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe.

Mayhem (Imelda May album)

Mayhem is the third studio album by Irish rockabilly musician Imelda May, released on 3 September 2010 on Decca Records.

Mayhem (Imelda May song)

"Mayhem" is a song by Irish rockabilly singer Imelda May. Written solely by May, the song was released as her fourth single on September 13, 2010 and the second single from her third studio album of the same name. It has become one of May's signature songs, next to her first single " Johnny Got a Boom Boom."

Mayhem (video game)

Mayhem (also known as Mayhem 3D) is a racing video game developed by Left Field Productions, published by Rombax Games, and distributed by Zoo Entertainment for Xbox 360 and PS3. The game is a demolition derby style game that features 3D gameplay that works on any TV.

Mayhem (band)

Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene. Mayhem's career has been highly controversial, primarily due to their violent stage performances, the 1991 suicide of vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin ("Dead") and the 1993 murder of guitarist Øystein Aarseth ("Euronymous") by former member Varg Vikernes ("Count Grishnackh"), of Burzum.

The group released a demo and an EP that were highly influential, and amassed a loyal following through sporadic and notorious live performances, attracting further attention through their ties to the string of Norwegian church burnings and the prominent incidents of violence surrounding them. They disbanded after Aarseth's murder, shortly before the release of their debut album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, regarded as a classic of the black metal genre. Surviving former members Jan Axel Blomberg ("Hellhammer"), Jørn Stubberud ("Necrobutcher") and Sven Erik Kristiansen ("Maniac") reformed two years later with Rune Eriksen ("Blasphemer") replacing Aarseth. Attila Csihar and (Morten Iversen) Teloch have since replaced Kristiansen and Eriksen, respectively.

The band's music strongly influenced the black metal genre and was instrumental in moving the global black metal scene away from the prevailing trend for speed metal. Their post-Aarseth material is characterised by increased experimentation. The 2007 album, Ordo Ad Chao, received the Spellemannprisen award for best metal Album.

Mayhem (Toyah album)

Mayhem is a compilation album by Toyah, released in 1985, a collection of previously unreleased material consisting mostly of demos and tracks not included on previous albums. When the band left Safari Records, the record company found enough material to compile one last album; this was apparently done without the consent of the band members. In spite of that, it was well received by the band's fans.

"Of all the albums I wish had not been released Mayhem is the one. It's sub standard, with songs not intended for release. In fact it makes my blood boil when I think of the plain exploitation of this album, but hopefully it never sold many copies. The songs on it were rehearsal demos, never intended for anything other than workshopping ideas", Toyah commented later.

Mayhem (advertising character)

Mayhem is an advertising character created by Leo Burnett Worldwide for Allstate Insurance. Burnett pitched the character to Allstate as "Mr. Mayhem", comparing him to the character Mr. White from the 1992 film Reservoir Dogs played by Harvey Keitel.

Mayhem has been played by Dean Winters since the campaign was launched in April 2010.

Usage examples of "mayhem".

He explained that this was the time when the adolescents had to perform some great deed to earn adulthood, deeds that often included acts of mayhem against non-Sand People races.

Third, and as a direct result of the second, we had an unbalanced afrit loose, too, causing additional mayhem.

But the girl had indulged in so much, well, mischief and mayhem, since coming to Ashling, that even Mother Teresa would have felt taxed.

Besides the Nun, our female members include a sinister Virgin Huntress who seems to have wreaked mayhem or worse on one of the auberge counselors in order to qualify as a recidivist, and an extremely cautious ex-Meta Lady who is, at the moment at least, content to remain just one of the boys.

Jamie and Ailig would go along, but Broc, Calum and Gowan were the instigators of much of the mayhem that took place.

High noon sees the knight riding forth, his horse prancing to a chaconne that lives in its head, the pair of them bent on creating mayhem amongst evil and bringing home the desired object.

Demons burst from torn portals on the plain, tore mayhem through the shrieking, flinching ranks.

Tonight, combine typical holiday mayhem with the rising magickal flood and Goddess knows what will be out, hungry and yummy for some sweet tender kidlet chow.

It continued staring at the opto as it spilled the larger-than-life mayhem of professional football into the restaurant.

Despite the lesson of past experience, it seemed as if Padi and Syl Vor might actually be with their tutors this morning - or engaged in quiet mayhem in another part of the house.

Florida, we now get nightly recaps of the bloodiest mayhem committed across the nation.

Lak Saa stumbled out of his tent, stared at the mayhem, and ignored the line of machine gun bullets that dug divots out of the ground in front of him.

London yestreen I fell upon some person to whom I had never been introduced and committed mayhem upon his person.

The senior Parlementaires, who had been more alarmed than elated by their victory, made haste to remove themselves from town before any further mayhem occurred.

He was still mouthing stories of torture, extortion, mayhem and murder through the crust of the very special apple pie that Sarge had cooked because the colonel considered it a delicacy.