bedlam /ˈbɛdləm/


I. noun

1. [ mass noun] a scene of uproar and confusion

there was bedlam in the courtroom.
‹archaic› an institution for the care of mentally ill people.
– origin late Middle English: early form of Bethlehem, referring to the hospital of St Mary of Bethlehem in London, used as an institution for the insane.

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