pandemonium

noun pan·de·mo·ni·um \ ˌpan-də-ˈmō-nē-əm \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

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

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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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