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mayhem (mā´hĕm, mā´əm), in common law, the crime of willfully injuring a person so as to diminish his or her capacity for self-defense. Cutting off an arm or leg would thus be mayhem, while such a battery as cutting off an ear would not. Under modern statutes, however, mayhem (or maiming) is a form of aggravated battery that leads to mutilation (such as loss of an ear), disfigurement, or serious permanent injury; jurisdictions vary in requiring specific intent to cause the injury or, more broadly, wanton behavior leading to it.

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may·hem / ˈmāˌhem/ • n. violent or damaging disorder; chaos: complete mayhem broke out. ∎  Law, chiefly hist. the crime of maliciously injuring or maiming someone, originally so as to render the victim defenseless.

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mayhem (leg.) crime of violently inflicting bodily injury. XV. — AN. ma(i)hem, mahaym MAIM.

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