views updated May 29 2018

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.


views updated May 18 2018

Mayhem ★ 1987

Two loners in Hollywood confront all types of urban low-life murderers, drug pushers, and child molesters. 90m/C VHS . Raymond Martino, Pamela Dixon, Robert Gallo, Wendy MacDonald; D: Joseph Merhi; W: Joseph Merhi; C: Richard Pepin; M: John Gonzalez.


views updated May 11 2018

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