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pandemonium

[ pan-duh-moh-nee-uhm ]
/ ˌpæn dəˈmoʊ ni əm /
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noun
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.
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Origin of pandemonium

1660–70; after Pandaemonium, Milton's name in Paradise Lost for the capital of hell; see pan-, demon, -ium

OTHER WORDS FROM pandemonium

pan·de·mo·ni·ac, pan·de·mo·ni·a·cal [pan-duh-muh-nahy-uh-kuhl], /ˌpæn də məˈnaɪ ə kəl/, pan·de·mon·ic [pan-duh-mon-ik], /ˌpæn dəˈmɒn ɪk/, adjectivepan·de·mo·ni·an, adjective, noun
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How to use pandemonium in a sentence

  • The "game" was considered ended when the shrieks of the victims were sufficiently loud to overtone the pandemonic music.

    The Hansa Towns|Helen Zimmern

British Dictionary definitions for pandemonium

pandemonium
/ (ˌpændɪˈməʊnɪəm) /

noun
wild confusion; uproar
a place of uproar and chaos

Derived forms of pandemonium

pandemoniac or pandemonic (ˌpændɪˈmɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin for pandemonium

C17: coined by Milton to designate the capital of hell in Paradise Lost, from pan- + Greek daimōn demon
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