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bedlam

Pronunciation: bed′lăm

Definition:

  1. Pejorative colloquialism for a mental hospital or institution.
  2. A place or scene of wild or riotous behavior.
  3. A disturbing uproar.

[corruption or contraction of St. Mary of Bethlehem Hospital in London]

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