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bedlam

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noun bed·lam \ˈbed-ləm\

Simple Definition of bedlam

  • : a very noisy and confused state or scene

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bedlam

  1. 1 obsolete :  madman, lunatic

  2. 2 often capitalized :  a lunatic asylum

  3. 3 :  a place, scene, or state of uproar and confusion

bedlam adjective

Examples of bedlam in a sentence

  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


BEDLAM Defined for Kids

bedlam

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noun bed·lam \ˈbed-ləm\

Definition of bedlam for Students

  1. :  a place, scene, or state of uproar and confusion




Medical Dictionary

bedlam

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noun bed·lam \ˈbed-ləm\

Medical Definition of bedlam

  1. 1obsolete :  madman, lunatic

  2. 2 often capitalized :  an institution for the mentally ill





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