What does bedlam mean?

bedlam meaning in General Dictionary

owned by or complement a madhouse

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  • A place appropriated to your confinement and care of the insane a madhouse
  • a state of severe confusion and disorder
  • pejorative terms for an insane asylum
  • someplace appropriated on confinement and proper care of the crazy; a madhouse.
  • An insane person; a lunatic; a madman.
  • any where where uproar and confusion prevail.
  • owned by, or fit for, a madhouse.

bedlam meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"scene of angry confusion," 1660s, from colloquial pronunciation of "Hospital of Saint Mary of Bethlehem" in London, founded 1247 as a priory, mentioned as a hospital 1330 and as a lunatic medical center 1402; changed into a situation lunatic asylum on dissolution regarding the monasteries in 1547. It was spelled Bedlem in a will from 1418, and Betleem is taped as a spelling of Bethlehem in Judea from 971.


bedlam meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A spot appropriated to your confinement and care of the outrageous; a madhouse.

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  • (letter.) An insane individual; a lunatic; a madman.
  • (letter.) Anyplace where uproar and confusion prevail.
  • (a.) owned by, or fit for, a madhouse.

Sentence Examples with the word bedlam

I can't even picture the bedlam making this public would cause.

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