Definition of mayhem in English:


Syllabification: may·hem
Pronunciation: /ˈmāˌhem


1Violent or damaging 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.
chaos, disorder, havoc, bedlam, pandemonium, tumult, uproar, turmoil, commotion, all hell broken loose, maelstrom, trouble, disturbance, confusion, riot, anarchy, violence, insanity, madness
informal madhouse
1.1 Law , chiefly historical The crime of maliciously injuring or maiming someone, originally so as to render the victim defenseless.


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

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