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Meaning of mayhem

may•hem

Pronunciation: (mā'hem, mā'um), [key]
— n.
  1. the crime of willfully inflicting a bodily injury on another so as to make the victim less capable of self-defense or, under modern statutes, so as to cripple or mutilate the victim.
  2. random or deliberate violence or damage.
  3. a state of rowdy disorder: Antagonisms between the various factions at the meeting finally boiled over, and mayhem ensued.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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