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pandemonium

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Etymology

Coined by John Milton in "Paradise Lost," Pandæmonium, from Ancient Greek παν- (all) + Late Latin dæmonium (evil spirit, demon) (from the Greek δαίμων (demon)).

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Noun

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pandemonium

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pandemonium (s)
  1. (archaic) A place where all demons live; Hell.
    • 1674John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book I
      And Trumpets sound throughout the Host proclaim
      A solemn Councel forthwith to be held
      At Pandæmonium, the high Capitol
      Of Satan and his Peers.
  2. Chaos; tumultuous or lawless violence.
    • 2004, Boston Globe, October 22
      Whenever you have violent pandemonium, there's the overwhelming possibility for panic and tragedy.
  3. An outburst; loud, riotous uproar, especially of a crowd.

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Noun

pandemonium (plural pandemoniums, diminutive pandemoniumpje) n.

  1. pandemonium, residence of all demons/devils, hell;
  2. pandemonium, a 'hellish' chaos, notably terrible noise and disorder

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