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Definition a state of extreme confusion and disorder

At one time, bedlam was also used as a disapproving term for any psychiatric hospital. As a proper noun, Bedlam was the name of the first  psychiatric hospital in London (early 15th century).
  • Amid all sorts of bedlam the teacher continued taking attendance.
bedlam = a state of extreme confusion and disorder
  • bedlam erupted
  • It was bedlam on the other side.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • bedlam = extreme confusion and disorder
  • The reading room, housed right up in the dome of the building, was formerly the chapel of the Royal Bethlehem Hospital—the old Bedlam.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • One more night of this kid will send me to a bed in Bedlam.
    O. Henry  --  The Ransom of Red Chief
  • And from time to time paid his visits to Bedlam.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • As might be expected, throwing open the doors of any school to every freshman in Chicago threatened to create bedlam.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Cain says nothing of the bedlam in my mind.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Why, not to put too fine a point upon it, this is Bedlam, sir!" says Mr. Snagsby.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Margaret Kochamma's tiny, ordered life relinquished itself to this truly baroque bedlam with the quiet gasp of a warm body entering a chilly sea.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • And if I invite all Newgate or all Bedlam here, by —— they shall be welcome.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • But on Wednesday, when they arrived at the turnoff to KAEC, it was bedlam.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The child might have to be sent to the hospital of Bethlehem, which later ages were to call Bedlam.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • A woman's scream rose above the bedlam and suddenly a lovely, dark-haired girl was in Walter Mitty's arms.
    James Thurber  --  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • In the middle of all the bedlam, Jenny actually turned and called over her shoulder, "Be right back, boys!"
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • The bedlam in the street rose higher" more men climbed through trapdoors to the roof.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Emily ate leaning against the counter like me—avoiding the bedlam at the table—and watched them with affectionate eyes.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • The street was as busy as a beehive and as noisy as a bedlam.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • He saw Annie Wilkes in a long aproned dress, her hair covered with a mobcap, an Annie who looked like a nurse in London's Bedlam Hospital.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • In the newsroom one level down, it would be bedlam.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death

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