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chaos


The country entered a period of civil war and chaos.
  a state of extreme confusion and disorder
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In physics, a "chaotic" system is one that changes and is extremely sensitive to its initial conditions. Accordingly, it is difficult or impossible to predict outcomes within it.
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  • The country entered a period of civil war and chaos.
  • Everyone ran around trying to help, but there was no organization and little was accomplished in the chaos.
  • With the countless reporters yelling questions and the other kids looking on from their little huddled groups, it was such a chaotic and stressful scene.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • The entire front row of Union soldiers falls in bloody chaos.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln

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  • When it came to spreading chaos and destruction, dragons were without equal.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • he could think of no way of bringing peace and order to this chaos.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • In a world of chaos, any guidelines helped.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • I woke up to chaos, to sailboats in trees, to shredded houses and ruined lives.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • She paused, as if trying to organize her chaotic thoughts.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • She was hearing reports of unchecked violence, widespread chaos, thousands presumed dead.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun

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  • The room is chaotic for a while—people rushing in and rushing out again... —but gradually everything gets quieter,
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Everything broke into chaos, with dozens of people asking questions until Annabeth raised her arms.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • But he had only a couple of boxes of .22’s, and he guessed that the .22’s might be the most useful weapons he owned, if economic chaos lasted for a long time, a meat shortage developed, and it became necessary to hunt small game.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • In the utter chaos that followed, it was all people could do to make it back to their homes alive.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • But I wasn’t sure anyone could hear her over the screeching of the birds and the general chaos.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • The camp was a chaos of smoke and running figures.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • By this time there was chaos on the mountain.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Order blends into chaos, love into hate, ugliness into beauty, law into anarchy, civility into savagery.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Compared with the chaos of Cherry Hill, Northwood was a paradise of neat houses with fastidiously maintained lawns.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Despite the orchestrated chaos of our home, we always ate meals at a certain time, always did homework at a certain time, and always went to bed at a certain time.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Langdon could now hear the sounds of chaos to his left.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • You have looked upon chaos and are not destroyed!
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • The battlefield descended into absolute chaos.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • The nurse steered him down a back corridor to the emergency room, where Roy was relieved to find no chaos or carnage.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • There is real danger that the powers of chaos and destruction will get out of hand.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • I had this wild thought that he was the only one in all this chaos who was just like me,
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • Still, I was grateful for the day and the chaos, if only because it kept my mind off what had happened the day before with Nate.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • Outwardly he was cheerful, reliable, and brave; but within, all had reverted to chaos,
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • I tried to sort out the chaos in my head so that I could answer.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • They sped about the great room, climbing over furniture, unwrapping treats, and generally creating chaos until an exasperated Isabella herded them upstairs.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • This was chaos, a melee of shouting and movement, and the landscape wasn’t flat but a mass of mud and blood churned into a thick, unstable paste.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • That sent the whole country of Panem into chaos.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • In the chaos, planes collided, fired on each other, and worse.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The Dauntless on that screen are firing at one another, shoving one another, screaming—chaos.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • once the bugger war is over, and maybe even before it ends, the world will collapse into chaos again.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Chaos ruled. Thomas ignored all of it. He ran into the hallway, then...
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • They’ll be thrown into chaos.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Peeves always loved chaos.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • You have to rise above the squabbling and chaos, and keep believing.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • The way the bees poured out, rushing up all of a sudden in spirals of chaos and noise, caused me to jump.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • So chaos is all just random and unpredictable?
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Fifth Avenue exploded into absolute chaos.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Chaotic confusion and blackness, after which they find themselves, back in the bedroom, clinging to each other desperately.
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • Chaos was a constellation of students, running out of the school and trampling the injured.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • And there was nothing but chaos.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • Imagine the world in chaos.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • It was chaos in color.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • From Delia’s chaotic business practices to ..., it was clear they were far from flawless.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • He began to kick into the chaotic mass on the ground.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • ...at work, the recordings of Mozart or Beethoven were always flooding out of her office into the chaos of the newsroom.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
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