1 a state of extreme confusion and disorder [syn: chaos, pandemonium, topsy-turvydom, topsy-turvyness]
2 pejorative terms for an insane asylum [syn: booby hatch, crazy house, cuckoo's nest, funny farm, funny house, loony bin, madhouse, nut house, nuthouse, sanatorium, snake pit]
EtymologyFrom the Hospital of St Mary of Bethlehem - a mental institution in London
- 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
Bedlam may refer to:
- Bethlem Royal Hospital, the world's first psychiatric hospital, from which most other meanings are derived (originally a distorted Arabic for "Bethlehem").
- Bedlam, a village in North Yorkshire, England.
- Bedlam Series, the NCAA College Sports rivalry between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.
- Bedlam sound system, a UK-based company.
- Bedlam Theatre, the venue of the Edinburgh University Theatre Company and also a venue for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
- Bedlam, the nickname for Institute F.C.'s Riverside Stadium in Drumahoe, near Derry.
- Bedlam (film), a 1946 movie starring Boris Karloff.
- Bedlam cube, a toy invented by Bruce Bedlam.
- "Boys Of Bedlam", a 1971 variant of Tom O' Bedlam by Steeleye Span.
- Bedlam, a Horrorcore rap group.
- Bedlam, an EP by metal band Twilightning.
- Back to Bedlam, a 2004 album from British musician James Blunt.
- The Bedlam in Goliath, a 2008 album from The Mars Volta.
- "Bedlam in Belgium", a song by hard rock band AC/DC.
- "Bedlam 1-2-3", a song by thrash metal band Exodus.
- "Lords of Bedlam", a song by metal band Hollenthon.
- "Bedlam Bridge", a song from the album Blue Sky Mining by Australian pop-rock band Midnight Oil.
- "Pure Bedlam for Halfbreeds", a song by experimental metal band Polkadot Cadaver.
- Bedlam, a British rock band who were active in the 1970s.
- 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
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