- wild uproar or unrestrained disorder; tumult or chaos.
- a place or scene of riotous uproar or utter chaos.
- (often initial capital letter) the abode of all the demons.
Origin of pandemonium
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Examples from the Web for pandemonium
Amidst all the pandemonium, the show just carried on to the consternation of some guests.Builder Crashes Through Roof Of London Fashion Week Show
September 16, 2014
The result would have been pandemonium; I could be married at the movie theater but not at the bar afterward.Why Progressives Just Woke Up and Killed ENDA
July 9, 2014
What if the pandemonium of the internet was turned into something more indexical and even tangible?The A-Z Dictionary of Google Images—For the Moment
February 25, 2014
Kamel recalls the cries of her classmates, and the pandemonium that erupted as the students tried to flee their classrooms.A Dark Future for Syria’s Children
Anna Therese Day
September 2, 2013
In spite of the pandemonium, the Navy men were rushing forward, rifles and demolition equipment in hand.The Story of the American Journalists Who Landed on D-Day
Timothy M. Gay
June 6, 2012
The majesty of the law in his hands becomes at once a bludgeon and a pandemonium.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
And suddenly Chet found himself alone in a pandemonium of sound.The Finding of Haldgren
Charles Willard Diffin
They surrounded the bow of the boat, and then pandemonium broke loose.Tales of Fishes
It seemed that around me must be bursting a pandemonium of sound.
And so we rode into this pandemonium, not having the least idea where we were going.The O'Ruddy
- wild confusion; uproar
- a place of uproar and chaos
Word Origin and History for pandemonium
1667, Pandæmonium, in "Paradise Lost" the name of the palace built in the middle of Hell, "the high capital of Satan and all his peers," coined by John Milton (1608-1674) from Greek pan- "all" (see pan-) + Late Latin daemonium "evil spirit," from Greek daimonion "inferior divine power," from daimon "lesser god" (see demon).
Transferred sense "place of uproar" is from 1779; that of "wild, lawless confusion" is from 1865. Related: Pandemoniac; pandemoniacal; pandemonian; pandemonic.