AskDefine | Define bedlam

Dictionary Definition



1 a state of extreme confusion and disorder [syn: chaos, pandemonium, topsy-turvydom, topsy-turvyness]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Bedlam



From the Hospital of St Mary of Bethlehem - a mental institution in London


  1. A place or situation of chaotic uproar, and where confusion prevails.


  • 1872: John Bunyan, The Complete Works of John Bunyan, p 133
    Some of the wards were veritable "bedlams," and dis-charged patients have told of abuses practiced in them of which the mere recital causes a shudder.
  • 2002: Mark L. Friedman, ''Everyday Crisis Management, p 134
    The outside of the Hyatt was bedlam. There was a group of more than a hundred injured people on the circular drive in front of the hotel.


A place or situation of chaotic uproar, and where confusion prevails


Extensive Definition

Bedlam may refer to:
In music:
In literature:
  • Bedlam, a science fiction novel by John Brosnan.
  • Bedlam Planet, a science fiction novel by John Brunner.
  • Bedlam (comics), a Marvel Comics mutant character.
  • Tom of Bedlam, a character in Shakespeare's play King Lear. A disguise of Edgar, the legitimate son of the Earl of Gloucester.
  • Bedlam, a psychiatric hospital in the book Rebel Angels, by Libba Bray.
  • The Bedlam, a mentally impaired character in The Roses of Eyam play.
  • Tom O' Bedlam an anonymous poem written circa 1600
bedlam in French: Bedlam

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Babel, Bedlam let loose, asylum, blast, bobbery, brawl, brouhaha, bughouse, cacophony, chaos, charivari, chirm, clamor, clangor, clap, clatter, commotion, confusion, confusion of tongues, din, discord, donnybrook, drunken brawl, dustup, flap, fracas, free-for-all, hell, hell broke loose, howl, hubbub, hue and cry, hullabaloo, insane asylum, jangle, loud noise, lunatic asylum, madhouse, mental home, mental hospital, mental institution, noise, noise and shouting, nuthouse, outcry, padded cell, pandemonium, psychiatric ward, psychopathic hospital, racket, rattle, rhubarb, roar, row, ruckus, ruction, rumble, rumpus, shindy, shivaree, static, thunder, thunderclap, tintamarre, tumult, turmoil, uproar
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1