The definition of a bedlam is a scene of noise and confusion.(noun)
A flood displacing hundreds of residents is an example of a bedlam.
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Origin: ME Bedlam, Bethlem, var. of Bethlehem
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Origin: Middle English Bedlem
Origin: , Hospital of Saint Mary of Bethlehem, an institution in London for the mentally ill.
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