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completely confused or disordered: a chaotic mass of books and papers.

Origin of chaotic

First recorded in 1705–15; chao(s) + -tic
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Word Origin and History for chaotically



1713, "in a state of primordial chaos," irregularly formed in English from chaos + -ic, probably on model of eros/erotic, demos/demotic, hypnos/hypnotic, etc. Transferred or figurative meaning "confused, disordered" is from 1747.

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