Pandemonium

noun Pan·de·mo·ni·um \ ˌpan-də-ˈmō-nē-əm \

Definition of Pandemonium

1 :the capital of Hell in Milton's Paradise Lost
2 :the infernal regions :hell
  • the demons of Pandemonium
3 not capitalized :a wild uproar :tumult
  • Pandemonium erupted in the courtroom when the verdict was announced.

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In John Milton's Paradise Lost, the fallen Satan has his heralds proclaim "A solemn Councel forthwith to be held / At Pandaemonium, the high Capital / Of Satan and his Peers". Milton got the name for his capital of hell, where Satan gathered together all his demons, by linking pan with the Latin word daemonium, "evil spirit". For later writers, pandemonium became a synonym for hell itself, since hell was then often seen as a place of constant noise and confusion, but also for any wicked and lawless place. Nowadays it's used to refer to the uproar itself rather than the place where it occurs.

Origin and Etymology of pandemonium

pan- + Late Latin daemonium "evil spirit," borrowed from Greek daimónion "evil spirit," earlier "divine power, inferior divine being," derivative of daímōn "divinity, divine power, individual destiny" (with -ium probably to be read as Latin -ium or Greek -ion, suffixes of place) — more at demon


PANDEMONIUM Defined for Kids

pandemonium

noun pan·de·mo·ni·um \ ˌpan-də-ˈmō-nē-əm \

Definition of pandemonium for Students

:wild uproar
  • Pandemonium broke out with the winning goal.


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