bedlam

noun bed·lam \ ˈbed-ləm \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of bedlam

1 obsolete : madman, lunatic
2 or Bedlam : an asylum for the mentally ill
3 : a place, scene, or state of uproar and confusion
  • There was bedlam in the streets after the verdict was announced.

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.

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Origin and Etymology of bedlam

Bedlam, popular name for the Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem, London, an asylum for the mentally ill, from Middle English Bedlem Bethlehem


BEDLAM Defined for English Language Learners

bedlam

noun

Definition of bedlam for English Language Learners

  • : a very noisy and confused state or scene


BEDLAM Defined for Kids

bedlam

noun bed·lam \ ˈbed-ləm \

Definition of bedlam for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

bedlam

noun bed·lam \ ˈbed-ləm \

medical Definition of bedlam

1 obsolete : madman, lunatic
2 often capitalized : an institution for the mentally ill


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