From the Hospital of St Mary of Bethlehem - a mental institution in London
- A place or situation of chaotic uproar, and where confusion prevails.
1872: w:John Bunyan|John Bunyan, The Complete Works of John Bunyan, p 133
:Some of the wards were veritable "bedlams," and dis-charged patients have told of abuses practiced in them of which the mere recital causes a shudder.
2002: Mark L. Friedman, ''Everyday Crisis Management, p 134
:The outside of the Hyatt was bedlam. There was a group of more than a hundred injured people on the circular drive in front of the hotel.