mayhem


mayhem
may·hem /'mā-ˌhem, -əm/ n [Anglo-French mahaim mahain, literally, mutilation, from Old French mahain, from mahaignier to injure, mutilate]: willful and permanent crippling, mutilation, or disfigurement of any part of another's body; also: the crime of engaging in mayhem
◇ Under the Model Penal Code and the codes of the states that follow it, mayhem is encompassed by assault and aggravated assault.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

mayhem
index commotion, outbreak, outburst, shambles

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


mayhem
n.
(1) Violent disorder or chaos.
(2) The crime of maliciously injuring, maiming, or dismembering someone so as to render the victim permanently unable to fight.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


mayhem
Historically, injuring someone's body (particularly by depriving him of the use of his arms, legs, eyes, or other body parts), in a way that makes him less able to fight or defend himself. Modern law treats such acts as an aggravated battery. (See also: aggravated battery)
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


mayhem
n. Violent, disorderly behavior.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


mayhem
Mayhem at common law required a type of injury that permanently rendered the victim less able to fight offensively or defensively; it might be accomplished either by the removal of (dismemberment), or by the disablement of, some bodily member useful in fighting. Today, by statute, permanent disfigurement has been added; and as to dismemberment and disablement, there is no longer a requirement that the member have military significance. In many states the crime of mayhem is treated as aggravated assault.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


mayhem
Mayhem at common law required a type of injury that permanently rendered the victim less able to fight offensively or defensively; it might be accomplished either by the removal of (dismemberment), or by the disablement of, some bodily member useful in fighting. Today, by statute, permanent disfigurement has been added; and as to dismemberment and disablement, there is no longer a requirement that the member have military significance. In many states the crime of mayhem is treated as aggravated assault.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

mayhem
   1) n. the criminal act of disabling, disfiguring or cutting off or making useless one of the members (leg, arm, hand, foot, eye) of another either intentionally or in a fight, called maiming. The serious nature of the injury makes mayhem a felony, which is called "aggravated assault" in most states.
   2) v. to commit mayhem is to cause gross harm in an uncontrolled fashion.
   See also: aggravated assault, assault, maim

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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