|n.||1.||(Law) The maiming of a person by depriving him of the use of any of his members which are necessary for defense or protection. See Maim.|
|2.||Violent disorder, especially such as causes serious harm to persons or damage to property.|
|Noun||1.||mayhem - the willful and unlawful crippling or mutilation of another person|
|2.||mayhem - violent and needless disturbance|
MAYHEM, crimes. 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; and therefore the cutting or
disabling, or weakening a man's hand or finger, or striking out his eye or
foretooth, or depriving him of those parts the loss of which 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. Com. 205.
2. These and other severe personal injuries are punished by the Coventry act, (q.v.) which has been re-enacted in several of the states; Ryan's Med. Jurispr. 191, Phil. ed. 1832; and by congress. Vide act of April 30, 1790, s. 13, 1 Story's Laws U. S. 85; act of March 3, 1825, s. 22, 3 Story's L. U. S. 2006.