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bedlam

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Bedlam pejorative terms for an insane asylum
    • n bedlam a state of extreme confusion and disorder
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bedlam A place appropriated to the confinement and care of the insane; a madhouse.
    • Bedlam An insane person; a lunatic; a madman. "Let's get the bedlam to lead him."
    • Bedlam Any place where uproar and confusion prevail.
    • a Bedlam Belonging to, or fit for, a madhouse. "The bedlam, brainsick duchess."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bedlam [capitalized] The hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem in London, originally a priory, founded about 1247, but afterward used as an asylum for lunatics.
    • n bedlam Hence A madhouse; a lunatic asylum.
    • n bedlam A scene of wild uproar and confusion.
    • n bedlam An inmate or a patient of Bethlehem Hospital, or Bedlam; specifically, one discharged as cured (though often only partially cured) and licensed to beg. Such persons wore a tin plate as a badge on their left arm, and were known as bedlam beggars, bedlamites, or bedlamers.
    • n bedlam Hence In general, a madman; a lunatic.
    • bedlam Belonging to or fit for a bedlam or madhouse; mad; mentally deranged.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bedlam bed′lam an asylum for lunatics: a madhouse: a place of uproar
    • adj Bedlam fit for a madhouse
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Bethlehem

Usage

In literature:

In a daze, Phobar switched off the bedlam and, walking like a man asleep, strode out, he did not care where, if only to get away.
"Raiders of the Universes" by Donald Wandrei
It sounded like Bedlam let loose.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 26, October, 1880" by Various
A bedlam rose up from the reinforcing hordes as they came in to enter the force area.
"Wanderer of Infinity" by Harl Vincent
The seconds passed, with dead silence in the cave, and that bedlam let loose outside.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
From this bedlam there occasionally emerged a splinter of tune, like a plank thrown up by the sea.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
The river was a bedlam of roars and bellows.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
When I hear His existence questioned, I feel as I felt once in your Bedlam when I lost my guide, a ghastly forlornness in a mad world.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
A bedlam of noise and struggle.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
Bedlam reigned above and below decks.
"Pioneers of the Pacific Coast" by Agnes C. Laut
In 1840 a portion of Bedlam was set aside for this purpose.
"Criminal Man" by Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
Well, after he had gone on like a Bedlam in his course awhile, and had done some mischief to the people, he was stricken by the hand of God.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
Once a bedlam of shrieking voices roused him.
"Two Thousand Miles Below" by Charles Willard Diffin
The air echoed with the din of his shouted name, but the bedlam of noise fell on deaf ears for McGuire.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
Bedlam broke loose, while Hero Giles sat as though stunned, staring on the shivering runner at his feet.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
Other heavier sounds accompanied the bedlam of human noise: deep snortings and roarings and the scraping of scores of horn-shod feet.
"Hawk Carse" by Anthony Gilmore
From the neighboring town floated a brawling bedlam of human voices.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Then we all burst out laughing, and the men went downstairs, leaving the women all talking at once like Bedlam broke loose.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
I'll retire to Bedlam.
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
If the French had but known it, bedlam reigned inside the fort.
"The "Adventurers of England" on Hudson Bay" by Agnes C. (Agnes Christina) Laut
She relapsed into positive insanity, and was placed in Bedlam, where she remained two years.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851" by Various
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In poetry:

This is a wristwatch
telling the time
of the talkative man
that lies in the house of Bedlam.
"Visits To St. Elizabeth's" by Elizabeth Bishop
This is a sailor wearing the watch
that tells the time
of the honored man
that lies in the house of Bedlam.
"Visits To St. Elizabeth's" by Elizabeth Bishop
This is the roadstead all of board
reached by the sailor
wearing the watch
that tells the time
of the old, brave man
that lies in the house of Bedlam.
"Visits To St. Elizabeth's" by Elizabeth Bishop
Do you want to peep into Bedlam Town?
Then come with me, when the day swings down,
Into the cradle, whose rockers rim,
Some people call the horizon dim.
"Bedlam Town" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
And when the clock in the hall strikes seven
It sounds to us like a voice from heaven;
And each of the elves in a warm nightgown,
March away out of Bedlam Town.
"Bedlam Town" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Out of the awful holocaust,
Out of the whirlwind and the flood,
Out of old creeds to Bedlam tossed,
Shall rise a new earth washed in blood—
A new race filled with spirit power,
This is the world's stupendous hour.
"The Hour" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Mike Gundy remembers what happened the last time Oklahoma State shook up the Bedlam rivalry.
OSU women's basketball ends 8-game Bedlam losing streak.
Band Bedlam Airing Tonight at 7pm.
Kahne win sets up bedlam at Richmond.
Bedlam Theater's Play, Cafe Intifada, Opens.
Resistencia Festival 2008 @ Bedlam Theatre November 14th, 2008.
Blackwater Faced Bedlam, Embassy Finds.
Hey, there are always big-time bragging rights with the Bedlam football game comes around each year.
"Pinnacle Of Bedlam" is the title of the new album from Suffocation and is set for a early 2013 release date.
'Bedlam' on school days makes it an accident waiting to happen, parent says.
Todd Monken spices up the Bedlam rivalry with candid comments.
OU 51, OSU 48 — When Brennan Clay crossed the goal line in overtime Saturday night, it gave the Sooners their first and only lead in a wild Bedlam victory that kept Oklahoma's Big 12 title hopes alive.
Brennan Clay's TD run caps Sooners' 51-48 overtime win and one wild Bedlam.
The Oklahoma Sooners win an exciting 51-48 Bedlam classic over Oklahoma State.
Now, Clay 's name goes into the books as the player who scored the game-winning touchdown in the first overtime game in Bedlam history.
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