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[pan-duh-moh-nee-uh m] /ˌpæn dəˈmoʊ ni əm/
wild uproar or unrestrained disorder; tumult or chaos.
a place or scene of riotous uproar or utter chaos.
(often initial capital letter) the abode of all the demons.
Origin of pandemonium
1660-70; after Pandaemonium, Milton's name in Paradise Lost for the capital of hell; see pan-, demon, -ium
Related forms
pandemoniac, pandemoniacal
[pan-duh-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l] /ˌpæn də məˈnaɪ ə kəl/ (Show IPA),
[pan-duh-mon-ik] /ˌpæn dəˈmɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
pandemonian, adjective, noun
1, 2. bedlam, turmoil, babel. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pandemonium
  • In the pandemonium, to be heard on the streets required a shout.
  • There was pandemonium and chaos.
  • Audiences found their mixture of music and ad-libbed, irreverent comedic pandemonium intoxicating.
  • The most unbearable part of her nearly 11-month prison stay was the pandemonium, she said.
  • The panicked pandemonium has caused the entire city to go into code red terrorist alert.
  • The uninhibited comedienne with the raucuous laughter muggs and gags her way through 45 minutes of pandemonium.
  • The village, a pandemonium of tin shacks flanking ten dirt lanes, had already shut down.
  • The pandemonium faded as the music grew louder.
  • The characters spin and twirl, and the absurd situations accumulate in near- pandemonium.
  • The world fragments into a working pandemonium of individuals, organized by jobs rather than geography.
British Dictionary definitions for pandemonium


wild confusion; uproar
a place of uproar and chaos
Derived Forms
pandemoniac, pandemonic (ˌpændɪˈmɒnɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: coined by Milton to designate the capital of hell in Paradise Lost, from pan- + Greek daimōndemon
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Word Origin and History for pandemonium

1667, Pandæmonium, in "Paradise Lost" the name of the palace built in the middle of Hell, "the high capital of Satan and all his peers," coined by John Milton (1608-1674) from Greek pan- "all" (see pan-) + Late Latin daemonium "evil spirit," from Greek daimonion "inferior divine power," from daimon "lesser god" (see demon).

Transferred sense "place of uproar" is from 1779; that of "wild, lawless confusion" is from 1865. Related: Pandemoniac; pandemoniacal; pandemonian; pandemonic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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