Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mentally ill person.

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  • n. A lunatic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An inhabitant of a madhouse; a madman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A madman. See bedlam, n., 4.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an archaic term for a lunatic

Etymologies

From bedlam, Hospital of Saint Mary of Bethlehem, a former London institution for the insane. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Left to herself, Saxon worked with frantic haste, assuming the calm she did not possess, but which she must impart to the screaming bedlamite upon the floor.

    CHAPTER XIX

  • (I told you this thing was a dilly of a stemwinder of a bedlamite bloviation.)

    Patrick Sauer: What Is Resposnsible for Rihanna's Beating? Feminism!

  • Nearly ten years on I find myself lending a hand to get that crazed, giggling bedlamite back in the saddle.

    Jayme Lynn Blaschke's Gibberish

  • “It is a bedlamite world”: Menzies, Dark and Hurrying Days, p.

    Human Smoke

  • “It is a bedlamite world,” he wrote, “and the hardest thing in it is to discuss and decide as we do in War Cabinet policies which, even if successful, must bring the angel of death into many homes.”

    Human Smoke

  • Greenmantle will avenge the murder of his ministers, and make that bedlamite woman sorry she was born.

    Greenmantle

  • Up the steep, narrow lane we ran with that bedlamite crowd at our heels.

    Greenmantle

  • The bedlamite Bard would tell all he knew of Gabriel's plans in the world, and who knew what Gabriel's Bright Court cousins might say to that?

    Music to My Sorrow

  • This alternative quieted his transports in a moment: he was terrified at the apprehension of being treated like a bedlamite, being dubious of the state of his own brain; and, on the other hand, had conceived such a horror and antipathy for his tormentors, that, far from believing himself obliged by what they had done, he could not even think of them without the utmost rage and detestation.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • Lord B — raved like a bedlamite, taxing me with want of candour and affection; but I easily justified my own integrity, and gave him such assurances of my love, that his jealousy subsided, and his spirits were recomposed.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

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  • I pretended to have the colic. A lad in the colic cannot help whining and groaning; but I went further, and cried out lustily, as loud as my lungs would let me. This roused my gentle friends, and brought them about me to know what the deuce was the matter. I informed them that I had a swinging fit of the gripes, and to humour the idea, gnashed my teeth, made all manner of wry faces till I looked like a bedlamite, and twisted my limbs as if I had been going to be delivered of a heathen oracle.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 1 ch. 10

    September 12, 2008