Definition of bedlam
- There was bedlam in the streets after the verdict was announced.
The park had never had so many visitors at one time. It was total bedlam.
French physician Philippe Pinel was instrumental in the transformation of bedlams from filthy hellholes to well-ordered, humane institutions.
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: a very noisy and confused state or scene
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