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Definition a state of chaotic disorder


in law:  the willful and unlawful crippling or mutilation of a person
  • A food fight accompanied the general mayhem in the cafeteria.
  • City officials are concerned that celebrations will turn to mayhem if the championship is won.
  • charged with attempted murder and aggravated mayhem
  • After a hard day of cracking jokes, pulling pranks, and causing mayhem at school, George and Harold liked to rush to the old tree house in George's backyard.
    Dav Pilkey  --  Captain Underpants (# 1)
  • mayhem = confusion and disorder
  • Soldiers still lob grenades from inside retreating trucks, but the building is already on fire and the grenades only seem to add noise to the mayhem.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • The engines soon stalled the Varden's advance, sowing mayhem wherever they aimed.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Roscoe had seen plenty of mayhem on the roads and had even got used to it, after a fashion.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • It was that crazy backstage theater mayhem where sweaty actors stand euphoric while people come worship them for a few seconds.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • It would sow mayhem and anarchy.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Can you think of anything sillier than letting yourself be fired out of a spaceship with nothing but mayhem and sudden death at the other end?
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • The seconds stretch, each as long as an hour as I gaze at the mayhem of the battlefield.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • You didn't wait for time to pass and for your creature to start making mayhem.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • 'But we've always stopped short of causing real mayhem,' said Fred.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • With any luck, at least some of the prisoners might escape in the mayhem that ought to result.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • He touched a comparatively sedate quartet of figures painted on the highest balcony, looking down calmly on the mayhem below them.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • Reading Greek mythology had left him, he told me, with a sense of the antiquity of murder and mayhem, but no real explanations.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • I lost Casey in the blur of perfume and general mayhem, then found her waiting for me by a planter full of ferns.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • Murder and mayhem are the life and soul of revolution.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • Mayhem reigned until Director-General Davis signaled the orchestra to begin playing the introductory "Columbian March."
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • In other words, there was a sort of lull in the mayhem.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna

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