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bed·lam

 (bĕd′ləm)
n.
1. A place or situation of noisy uproar and confusion.
2. often Bedlam Archaic An insane asylum.

[Middle English Bedlem, Hospital of Saint Mary of Bethlehem, an institution in London for the mentally ill .]

bedlam

(ˈbɛdləm)
n
1. a noisy confused place or situation; state of uproar: his speech caused bedlam.
2. (Psychiatry) archaic a lunatic asylum; madhouse
[C13 bedlem, bethlem, after the Hospital of St Mary of Bethlehem in London]

bed•lam

(ˈbɛd ləm)

n.
1. a scene or state of wild uproar and confusion.
2. Archaic. an insane asylum or madhouse.
[after Bedlam, a familiar name for the Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem in London, a lunatic asylum from c1400]

bedlam

- The word bedlam is a contraction of Bethlehem, a hospital in London that became a lunatic asylum.
See also related terms for hospital.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bedlam - a state of extreme confusion and disorderbedlam - a state of extreme confusion and disorder
confusion - disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably; "the army retreated in confusion"
balagan - a word for chaos or fiasco borrowed from modern Hebrew (where it is a loan word from Russian); "it was utter and complete balagan!"
2.bedlam - pejorative terms for an insane asylumBedlam - pejorative terms for an insane asylum
mental home, mental hospital, mental institution, psychiatric hospital, insane asylum, asylum, institution - a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person

bedlam

noun pandemonium, noise, confusion, chaos, turmoil, clamour, furore, uproar, commotion, rumpus, babel, tumult, hubbub, ruction (informal), hullabaloo, hue and cry, ruckus (informal) He is causing bedlam at the hotel.
Translations
blázinec
kaospostyrvirvar
tébolyda
hávaîi
beprotnamis
juceklistrakomāja

bedlam

[ˈbedləm] N
1. (= uproar) → alboroto m
it was sheer bedlamla confusión era total
bedlam broke outse armó la de San Quintín
2. (Hist) (= asylum) → manicomio m

bedlam

[ˈbɛdləm] n (= noise) → chahut m (= chaos) → cirque m
It's bedlam in here! → Quel cirque là-dedans! bed linen nlinge m de lit

bedlam

n (fig: = uproar) → Chaos nt; in the classroom it was absolute bedlamin der Klasse ging es zu wie im Irrenhaus

bedlam

[ˈbɛdləm] nbaraonda

bedlam

(ˈbedləm) noun
(a place of) noise, confusion or uproar. Their house is bedlam.
References in classic literature ?
Really, this table is getting to be more and more like Bedlam every day, with everybody talking at once.
Hall wrote from Buffalo that his exchange with twelve boys had become "a perfect Bedlam.
So far is it from the ordinary habits of mankind to calculate the importance of events in their elementary principles, that had the first colonists of our country ever intimated as a part of their designs the project of founding a great and mighty nation, the finger of scorn would have pointed them to the cells of Bedlam as an abode more suitable for hatching vain empires than the solitude of a transatlantic desert.
Slowly I worked my way to a corner of the room where I could force them to come at me only one at a time, and thus we fought upward of twenty minutes; the clanging of steel on steel producing a veritable bedlam in the little room.
And then from behind him broke a hideous bedlam of savage war cries and a score of shrieking blacks were upon them.
Perhaps it was that which made me feel lonely, since I was neither masked, nor disguised, nor yelling, nor in any other way in harmony with the bedlam element of life.
As Martin ran to stop the bedlam, he saw the world as an enormous, empty stomach, at the opening of which he stood, hurling in the feed as fast as his muscles would permit.
Picture the squalid misery of their brutish existence, dragged on from year to year in the narrow, noisome room where, huddled like vermin in sewers, they welter, and sicken, and sleep; where dirt-grimed children scream and fight and sluttish, shrill-voiced women cuff, and curse, and nag; where the street outside teems with roaring filth and the house around is a bedlam of riot and stench.
Why, not to put too fine a point upon it, this is Bedlam, sir
and kept up a din and a racket that was worse than Bedlam itself.
For an instant, all was silence; even the bedlam of the forest died to a faint murmur.
I felt I could not speak in that Bedlam, or I should have been tempted to cry out, when she reproached me, that she herself was my best justification.