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pandemonium n : a state of extreme confusion and disorder [syn: chaos, bedlam, topsy-turvydom, topsy-turvyness]

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Alternative spellings


Coined by John Milton in "Paradise Lost," Pandæmonium, from the Greek pan- "all" + Late Latin daemonium from the Greek (daimonion) "lesser divine power," from (daimon) "lesser god"


  • italbrac RP /ˌpændəˈməʊniəm/
  • italbrac US /ˌpændəˈmoʊniəm/
  • Rhymes with: -əʊniəm


  1. Chaos; tumultuous or lawless violence.
    • 2004, Boston Globe, October 22
      Whenever you have violent pandemonium, there's the overwhelming possibility for panic and tragedy.
  2. An outburst; loud, riotous uproar, especially of a crowd.


  • 1674 — John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book I
    And Trumpets sound throughout the Host proclaimA solemn Councel forthwith to be heldAt Pandæmonium, the high CapitolOf Satan and his Peers.

Related terms


chaos; tumultuous or lawless violence
an outburst; loud, riotous uproar



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

Extensive Definition

Pandæmonium or Pandemonium may refer to:
In film and television:
  • Pandemonium (film) (1982), directed by Alfred Sole
  • Pandaemonium (film) (2000), directed by Julien Temple, about Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy Wordsworth
  • Pandamonium (TV series) (1982), a cartoon about talking pandas and their human friends searching for fragments of a mystical pyramid
  • Santanico Pandemonium, a character in the film From Dusk Till Dawn played by Salma Hayek
  • Pandemonium Carnival, the travelling circus of the evil Papa Lazarou in the BBC's black-comedy The League Of Gentlemen
  • Pandaemonium, a demon queen in the Chrono Crusade anime
  • Pandemonium is a two part episode in the third season of The Unit
In games: In music:
pandemonium in Czech: Pandemonium
pandemonium in German: Pandämonium
pandemonium in French: Pandémonium
pandemonium in Indonesian: Pandemonium

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