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Negative ConnotationPlay
Mayhem implies something bad and undesirable has happened, leading to disarray. SlideAfter the concert, fans left behind a mayhem of litter and debris.
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Metaphorical UsePlay
People sometimes use 'mayhem' to describe situations that are very disorganized, not just chaotic. SlideWith three toddlers, bedtime is pure mayhem.
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Not Always PhysicalPlay
'Mayhem' can describe emotional or virtual chaos, not just physical confusion. SlideSocial media was mayhem during the celebrity scandal.