- a scene or state of wild uproar and confusion.
- Archaic. an insane asylum or madhouse.
Origin of bedlam
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Examples from the Web for bedlam
Casa Bruja is a diamond in the rough, a refuge among all this bedlam.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
You cannot get me into Bedlam, all-powerful, all-artful as you are.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
Cry after cry, and answering cries, were turning the silence into a bedlam.White Fang
It was said that they meant to throw the gates of Bedlam open, and let all the madmen loose.Barnaby Rudge
She swam away in the bedlam of shrieks and clattering of dishes and knives.Melomaniacs
Say, I wonder if there's any one out in this bedlam of a night?The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
- a noisy confused place or situation; state of uproarhis speech caused bedlam
- archaic a lunatic asylum; madhouse
Word Origin and History for bedlam
"scene of mad confusion," 1660s, from colloquial pronunciation of "Hospital of Saint Mary of Bethlehem" in London, founded 1247 as a priory, mentioned as a hospital 1330 and as a lunatic hospital 1402; converted to a state lunatic asylum on dissolution of the monasteries in 1547. It was spelled Bedlem in a will from 1418, and Betleem is recorded as a spelling of Bethlehem in Judea from 971.