pan·​de·​mo·​ni·​um | \ ˌpan-də-ˈmō-nē-əm How to pronounce pandemonium (audio) \

Definition of pandemonium

1 : a wild uproar (as because of anger or excitement in a crowd of people) Pandemonium erupted in the courtroom when the verdict was announced. The game is stopped on account of pandemonium: players and spectators are screaming and staggering around the court …— Darcy Frey also : a chaotic situation It is obvious that pandemonium would exist at most uncontrolled airports if every pilot did not conscientiously follow the traffic pattern. — Joseph W. Benkert
2 capitalized : the capital of Hell in Milton's Paradise Lost
3 capitalized : the infernal regions : hell the demons of Pandemonium

First Known Use of pandemonium

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for 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 -eion, suffixes of place) — more at demon

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“Pandemonium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pandemonium

: a situation in which a crowd of people act in a wild, uncontrolled, or violent way because they are afraid, excited, or confused


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: wild uproar Pandemonium broke out with the winning goal.

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