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BED'LAM, noun [Corrupted from Bethlehem, the name of a religious house in London, afterward converted into a hospital for lunatics.]

1. A mad house; a place appropriated for lunatics.]

2. A madman; a lunatic; one who lives in bedlam

3. A place of uproar.

BED'LAM, adjective Belonging to a mad house; fit for a mad house.