1Violent or damaging disorder; chaos: complete mayhem broke out
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- Police say they are winning the war against violent drunks who cause mayhem in the West End of the city at weekends.
- High spirits often get out of control and lead to violence and mayhem.
- What unfolds is a riot of comic mayhem as mistaken identity leads to uproarious farce throughout.
early 16th century: from Old French mayhem (see maim). The sense 'disorder, chaos' (originally US) dates from the late 19th century.