Synonyms for bedlam

Grammar : Noun
Spell : bed-luhm
Phonetic Transcription : ˈbɛd ləm

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Définition of bedlam

Origin :
  • "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.
  • noun chaotic situation
Example sentences :
  • You cannot get me into Bedlam, all-powerful, all-artful as you are.
  • Extract from : « Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10) » by Maria Edgeworth
  • Cry after cry, and answering cries, were turning the silence into a bedlam.
  • Extract from : « White Fang » by Jack London
  • It was said that they meant to throw the gates of Bedlam open, and let all the madmen loose.
  • Extract from : « Barnaby Rudge » by Charles Dickens
  • She swam away in the bedlam of shrieks and clattering of dishes and knives.
  • Extract from : « Melomaniacs » by James Huneker
  • Say, I wonder if there's any one out in this bedlam of a night?
  • Extract from : « The Trail of '98 » by Robert W. Service
  • But what are we to say to a man who compares Dante to 'a Methodist parson in Bedlam'?
  • Extract from : « Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.) » by Leslie Stephen
  • I persist—an unwelcome visitor, a bargain-hunting tourist in Bedlam.
  • Extract from : « Fantazius Mallare » by Ben Hecht
  • So, day after day, he riddles the bedlam about him with his broadsides, in the hourly hope of victory.
  • Extract from : « In Our Town » by William Allen White
  • No Mortal out of the depths of Bedlam but lives by Formulas.
  • Extract from : « Past and Present » by Thomas Carlyle
  • Well, go on drinking and you will end in Bedlam instead of the workhouse.
  • Extract from : « The Man Who Lost Himself » by H. De Vere Stacpoole

Antonyms for bedlam

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