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ˈmeɪ hɛm, ˈmeɪ əmmay·hem

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mayhemnoun

    the willful and unlawful crippling or mutilation of another person

  2. havoc, mayhemnoun

    violent and needless disturbance


  1. mayhemnoun

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


  1. mayhemnoun

    A state of disorder; chaos.

  2. mayhemnoun

    Infliction of violent injury on a person or thing.

    The fighting dogs created mayhem in the flower beds.

  3. mayhemnoun

    The maiming of a person by depriving him of the use of any of his members which are necessary for defense or protection.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mayhemnoun

    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. Etymology: [The same as maim. See Maim.]


  1. Mayhem

    Mayhem are a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo long 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 and 1993 murder of guitarist Øystein Aarseth by former member Varg Vikernes, also 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, Jørn Stubberud and Sven Erik Kristiansen reformed two years later with Rune Eriksen replacing Aarseth. Attila Csihar and Krister Dreyer have since replaced Kristiansen and Eriksen respectively. The band's music strongly influenced the black metal genre and was instrumental in moving the wider metal scene away from the prevailing trend for speed metal. Their post-Aarseth material is characterised by increased experimentation. Mayhem's most recent album, Ordo Ad Chao, received the Spellemannprisen award for Best Metal Album in 2007.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mayhem

    mā′hem, n. the offence of depriving a person by violence of any limb, member, or organ, or causing any mutilation of the body. [Maim.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mayhem

    The law-term for maim.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mayhem in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mayhem in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of mayhem in a Sentence

  1. Mike Pompeo:

    Now it's time for every other nation to pick a side. No more delays, no more games, either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you're in league with Nicolas Maduro and Nicolas Maduro mayhem.

  2. Eric Holler:

    Murder and mayhem is a moneymaking business, i think there's a little bit of darkness in us all. We all want to walk to the edge.

  3. Monique Lamoureux-Morando:

    It was offside, and she hit her right after the whistle or during the whistle, depending on who you talk to, i was on the ice and mayhem ensued.

  4. Joe Chandler:

    Having subtracted myself from this political fracas and all of the mayhem of the digital media, I kind of found the center of the cyclone, it is very peaceful in my bubble of ignorance.

  5. Scott C. Holstad:

    violence is so american violence is pretty girls guns ‘n danger rape, murder, ‘n mayhem tv above all eats us up ‘n spits us out tells us lies we willingly believe

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    either of two different animal or plant species living in close association but not interdependent
    • A. ostensive
    • B. bibulous
    • C. currish
    • D. commensal

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