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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 ?
Suddenly, from a distance, came a bedlam of noise that made Michael prick up his ears and bristle with premonition of fresh disaster.
And he sang the song through, undeterred by the bedlam of two general fights, one on the adjacent platform, the other at the opposite end of the car, both of which were finally subdued by special policemen to the screams of women and the crash of glass.
The poor lady started from her sleep with as much amazement as terror, and beheld at her bedside a figure which might very well be supposed to have escaped out of Bedlam.
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.
So we raced along, behind us a howling, screaming bedlam of wrathful Greeks, Collinsville ahead, and bullets spat-spatting all around us.
Really, this table is getting to be more and more like Bedlam every day, with everybody talking at once.
and kept up a din and a racket that was worse than Bedlam itself.
He and the lions had been making so much noise that neither could hear anything above their concerted bedlam, and so it was that Tarzan did not hear the great bulk bearing down upon him from behind until an instant before it was upon him, and then he turned to see Buto, the rhinoceros, his little, pig eyes blazing, charging madly toward him and already so close that escape seemed impossible; yet so perfectly were mind and muscles coordinated in this unspoiled, primitive man that almost simultaneously with the sense perception of the threatened danger he wheeled and hurled his spear at Buto's chest.
The Tahitians, back from their fishing and grinning at the bedlam of the compound, entered into the joke.
The cessation of buying had turned the Stock Exchange into a bedlam, and down all the line of stocks the bears were smashing.
He dissected beauty in his crowded little bedroom laboratory, where cooking smells alternated with the outer bedlam of the Silva tribe; and, having dissected and learned the anatomy of beauty, he was nearer being able to create beauty itself.
Tulliver," she observed as she sat down, "but I'm sure the child's half an idiot i' some things; for if I send her upstairs to fetch anything, she forgets what she's gone for, an' perhaps 'ull sit down on the floor i' the sunshine an' plait her hair an' sing to herself like a Bedlam creatur', all the while I'm waiting for her downstairs.