Legal Definition and Related Resources of Mayhem

Meaning of Mayhem

Unlawfully and violently depriving a person of a member such as an arm, leg, finger, eye, etc., so as to render him the less able in fighting, either to defend himself or to annoy his adversary .

Mayhem Alternative Definition

In criminal law. The act of unlawfully and violently depriving another of the use of such of his members as may render him less able, in fighting, either to defend himself or annoy his adversary. 8 Car. & P. 167; 4 Bl. Comm. 205. The cutting or disabling, or weakening, a man’s hand or finger, or striking out his eye or fore tooth, or depriving him of those parts the loss of vjhich abates his courage, are held to be mayhems. But cutting off the ear or nose, or the like, are not held to be mayhems at common law. 4 Bl. Comm. 205. The offense has been extended by statute to these and other injuries. See 87 N. C. 509; 70 Iowa, 505.

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Translation of Mayhem, with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Mutilación; confusión; pandemónium; pánico and other legal terms is available here.


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This term is a noun.

Etimology of Mayhem

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late 15c., from Anglo-French maihem (13c.), from Old French mahaigne “injury, wrong, a hurt, harm, damage;” related to mahaignier “to injure, wound, mutilate, cripple” (see maim). Originally, in law, the crime of maiming a person “to make him less able to defend himself or annoy his adversary” [OED].








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