What does mayhem mean?

Definitions for mayhemˈmeɪ hɛm, ˈmeɪ əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mayhem(noun)

    the willful and unlawful crippling or mutilation of another person

  2. havoc, mayhem(noun)

    violent and needless disturbance


  1. mayhem(n.)

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

  2. Origin: [The same as maim. See Maim.]


  1. mayhem(Noun)

    A state of disorder; chaos.

  2. mayhem(Noun)

    Infliction of violent injury on a person or thing.

    The fighting dogs created mayhem in the flower beds.

  3. mayhem(Noun)

    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. Mayhem(noun)

    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. Origin: [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.]

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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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. 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.

  2. Justin Cochrane:

    It was mayhem, and it was very intentional, people were flying. This child I saw, literally, hit. And the sound, I'll never forget.

  3. Quintan Wiktorowicz:

    We’ve had this problem in other places where people try to instill fear in target audiences by showing all this mayhem, but it actually does the reverse with some.

  4. Sanjeev Vyas:

    I see bodies everywhere, there are cars on fire, there are bikes everywhere, people are screaming and shouting,... everybody is honking. It is utter chaos and mayhem.

  5. The Democratic president:

    For too long, we’ve been blind to the unique mayhem that gun violence inflicts upon this nation, the vast majority of Americans want to do something about this. . .We see that now.

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