Origin of bedlam
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|Jeff Campagna|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We admire that in an ancient, for which we should send a modern bard to Bedlam.The Works of William Cowper|William Cowper
Keep a look–out, anyhow; unless he orders me back to Bedlam.Cradock Nowell, Vol. 3 (of 3)|Richard Doddridge Blackmore
The popular name of this lunatic asylum is Bedlam—favorite word of Carlyle to designate confusion and chaos.Old Tavern Signs|Fritz August Gottfried Endell
Word Origin 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.