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[pan-duh-moh-nee-uh m] /ˌpæn dəˈmoʊ ni əm/
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
1660-70; after Pandaemonium, Milton's name in Paradise Lost for the capital of hell; see pan-, demon, -ium
Related forms
pandemoniac, pandemoniacal
[pan-duh-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l] /ˌpæn də məˈnaɪ ə kəl/ (Show IPA),
[pan-duh-mon-ik] /ˌpæn dəˈmɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
pandemonian, adjective, noun
1, 2. bedlam, turmoil, babel. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • That night, or very early next morning, there was pandemonium at the barracks.

    Waring's Peril Charles King
  • She could not grasp all the pandemonium at once, and while she stood Mrs. Cafferty saw her.

    Mary, Mary James Stephens
  • Many nights we were roused from sleep by a pandemonium of noise.

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • At midnight we were awakened by a regular Fourth of July pandemonium.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman
  • Babel, with a dash of pandemonium, will give a faint idea of the uproar.

    Old New Zealand Earl of Pembroke.
British Dictionary definitions for pandemonium


wild confusion; uproar
a place of uproar and chaos
Derived Forms
pandemoniac, pandemonic (ˌpændɪˈmɒnɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: coined by Milton to designate the capital of hell in Paradise Lost, from pan- + Greek daimōndemon
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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