Definition of mayhem in English:


Line breaks: may¦hem
Pronunciation: /ˈmeɪhɛm


[mass noun]
1Violent or extreme disorder; chaos: complete mayhem broke out
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1 Law , historical The crime of maliciously injuring or maiming someone, originally so as to render them defenceless.


early 16th century: from Old French mayhem (see maim). The sense 'disorder' (originally US) dates from the late 19th century.

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