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Definitions for mayhem
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.


  1. Mayhem

    Mayhem is a song by Irish rockabilly singer Imelda May. Written solely by May, the song was released as her fourth single on 13 September 2010 and the second single from her third studio album of the same name. It has become one of May's signature songs, next to her first single "Johnny Got a Boom Boom."


  1. mayhem

    Mayhem refers to a chaotic or violent state of disorder and confusion. It commonly refers to a situation where there is destruction, havoc, or extreme chaos, often resulting from a violent incident or a lack of control or order. In legal context, mayhem specifically refers to a serious criminal offense involving the intentional infliction of injury or mutilation upon another person, typically resulting in severe physical harm or disfigurement.

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. Andrew Gounardes:

    There's always the possibility of mischief and mayhem, especially with someone who is hellbent on retribution.

  2. John Katko:

    China and Russia love nothing more than to see mayhem created in the United States, but they're not stupid enough to create it themselves, if they cozy up to the Taliban government, like it sounds like they're going to, that is the perfect proxy to help fund and foment mayhem in the U.S. without having to have their fingers on it.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Adrian Diaz:

    If there are people going out and peacefully protesting, we will help facilitate that peaceful protest, but if they are coming to create this mayhem, we are going to address this mayhem.

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