The Actual Definition of “Mayhem”

Do you think that “mayhem” is a synonym for “chaos” and “disorder?”

If you do, you’d be incorrect.

According to Merriam-Webster, Mayhem is a noun that means:


a : willful and permanent deprivation of a bodily member resulting in the impairment of a person’s fighting ability

b : willful and permanent crippling, mutilation, or disfigurement of any part of the body


: needless or willful damage or violence

Mayhem is also a criminal act like assault or murder. To commit mayhem is to intentionally remove a body part, thereby handicapping another human being (Example).

And that’s your fun fact of the day.

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