Mayhem Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Mayhem.

Mayhem (noun)

  1. The intentional act of causing severe physical harm to another person, typically resulting in disfigurement or mutilation.
  2. Also referred to as aggravated assault or as a serious criminal offense.

This term does not only apply in the context of fights, but any situation where one person intentionally causes significant bodily harm to another.