bedlam


bedlam

noun

  1. a scene or state of wild uproar and confusion.
  2. Archaic. an insane asylum or madhouse.

noun

  1. a noisy confused place or situation; state of uproarhis speech caused bedlam
  2. archaic a lunatic asylum; madhouse
n.

“scene of mad confusion,” 1660s, from colloquial pronunciation of “Hospital of Saint Mary of Bethlehem” in London, founded 1247 as a priory, mentioned as a hospital 1330 and as a lunatic hospital 1402; converted to a state lunatic asylum on dissolution of the monasteries in 1547. It was spelled Bedlem in a will from 1418, and Betleem is recorded as a spelling of Bethlehem in Judea from 971.

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