Under the law of England and Wales
Mayhem is a common law criminal offence consisting of the intentional maiming of another person. Under the law of England and Wales and other common law jurisdictions, it originally consisted of the intentional and wanton removal of a body part that would handicap a person’s ability to defend themselves in combat. Under the strict common law definition, initially, this required damage to an eye or a limb, while cutting off an ear or a nose was deemed not sufficiently disabling. Later the meaning of the crime expanded to encompass any mutilation, disfigurement, or crippling act done using any instrument.
How to use “mayhem” in a sentence?
- During the busy holiday season, most of the stores seem to be in a constant state of mayhem.
- The playground was filled with mayhem as fifty students jumped and climbed all over the equipment.
- Usually, there’s a method to this kind of mayhem.
- Their books seem so full of murder, mayhem, violence.
- People were running and trampling, and it was mayhem.
- Soldiers unable to control the mayhem have shot dead some troublemakers.
- Brexit mayhem making UK sick
- The mayhem continues’ – Suede announce 2019 UK tour
- Mayhem in Downing Street. And some of it is Barwell’s fault
- The papers: Brexit ‘mayhem‘ and NHS locums ‘shortage’
- Brexit mayhem leaves voters as divided as politicians
- Britain in mayhem after vote delay