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pandemonium

[pan-duh-moh-nee-uhm]
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noun
  1. wild uproar or unrestrained disorder; tumult or chaos.
  2. a place or scene of riotous uproar or utter chaos.
  3. (often initial capital letter) the abode of all the demons.
  4. hell.
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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
Related formspan·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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British Dictionary definitions for pandemonium

pandemonium

noun
  1. wild confusion; uproar
  2. a place of uproar and chaos
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Derived Formspandemoniac or pandemonic (ˌpændɪˈmɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C17: coined by Milton to designate the capital of hell in Paradise Lost, from pan- + Greek daimōn demon
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Word Origin and History for pandemonium

n.

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.

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