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bedlamite

[bed-luh-mahyt]
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noun
  1. an insane person; lunatic.
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Origin of bedlamite

First recorded in 1615–25; bedlam + -ite1
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Related Words

crazy, eccentric, nuts, wacky, kooky, mad, batty, foolish, absurd, bigot, freak, lunatic, fanatic, loony, zealot, fiend, psycho, psychopath, maniac, enthusiast

Examples from the Web for bedlamite

Historical Examples

  • I see now where the present bedlamite style of coiffure comes from.

    Shawl-Straps

    Louisa M. Alcott

  • The bedlamite replied, "The world said I was mad; I said the world was mad, and they outwitted me."

    The Jest Book

    Mark Lemon

  • Why Bayard in the nineteenth century's a Bedlamite, Irish or no.

  • The bedlamite replied, The world said I was mad; I said the world was mad; and they outvoted me.

  • Any way, it came to be used for a witless fellow, or Bedlamite.


British Dictionary definitions for bedlamite

bedlamite

noun
  1. archaic a lunatic; insane person
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