bedlam


bed·lam

noun \ˈbed-ləm\

: a very noisy and confused state or scene

Full Definition of BEDLAM

1
obsolete :  madman, lunatic
2
often capitalized :  a lunatic asylum
3
:  a place, scene, or state of uproar and confusion
bedlam adjective

Examples of BEDLAM

  1. The park had never had so many visitors at one time. It was total bedlam.
  2. <French physician Philippe Pinel was instrumental in the transformation of bedlams from filthy hellholes to well-ordered, humane institutions.>

Origin of BEDLAM

Bedlam, popular name for the Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem, London, an insane asylum, from Middle English Bedlem Bethlehem
First Known Use: circa 1529

bed·lam

noun \ˈbed-ləm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BEDLAM

1
obsolete : madman, lunatic
2
often capitalized : a lunatic asylum

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