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Definitions for mayhem
ˈmeɪ hɛm, ˈmeɪ əmmay·hem

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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.

    Etymology: [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

    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. Police Sgt. Pete Simpson:

    The headlines are about mayhem, murder and madness. But most of that does not affect people the way car prowls, bike theft and things like that affect people, because it happens to a lot more people.

  2. Matthew Schmidt:

    Theres no real U.S. analog. Its like a mix of CIA and special forces, its trained to make mayhem. The overall goal is to destabilize targeted political systems, including in Europe, to attack the political will to maintain NATO, with other missions as opportunity allows, including the killing of traitors.

  3. Jemima Albrecht:

    We come every year, we've never seen it like this before. It's normally mayhem, it was safer for us to stay here.

  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. 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.

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