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mayhem
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

6 uses
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Definition
a state of chaotic disorder

or:

in law:  the willful and unlawful crippling or mutilation of a person
  • They bring me back to the world with their sounds of mayhem.
    p. 430.9
  • Chaos disturbed her; mayhem was mayhem, even if people were having a good time; bad weather was bad weather, even if no one seemed to mind.
    p. 126.9
  • Chaos disturbed her; mayhem was mayhem, even if people were having a good time; bad weather was bad weather, even if no one seemed to mind.
    p. 127.0
  • Both her husband and Amanda were in favor of creating mayhem with sexual stereotypes, or reversing sexual roles as arduously and as self-consciously as possible—hence, he often wore an apron while shopping; hence, her hair was shorter than his, except on her legs and in her armpits, where she grew it long.
    p. 244.1
  • It was a day, in her view, that had been invented to create mayhem among the lower classes, a day when they were invited to abuse people of property—and my grandmother's house was always abused on Halloween.
    p. 536.2
  • Typically, the town newspaper, The Gravesend News-Letter, did not editorialize on the event, except to say that a march against mayhem on the nation's highways would be a more significant use of such civilian zeal; as for the academy newspaper, The Grave reported that it was "about time" the school and the town combined forces to demonstrate against the evil war.
    p. 582.3

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