Definitions

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

  • n. A very noisy place: "The whole lobby was a perfect pandemonium, and the din was terrific” ( Jerome K. Jerome).
  • n. Wild uproar or noise. See Synonyms at noise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A place where all demons live; Hell.
  • n. Chaos; tumultuous or lawless violence.
  • n. An outburst; loud, riotous uproar, especially of a crowd.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The great hall or council chamber of demons or evil spirits.
  • n. An utterly lawless, riotous place or assemblage.
  • n. A condition of unrestrained disorder and chaotic, riotous uproar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The abode of all the demons or evil spirits; hell: a name invented and used by Milton rather as a proper name than a general term.
  • n. Hence Any lawless, disorderly, and noisy place or assemblage.
  • n. A loud noise, as from pandemonium.

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

  • n. a state of extreme confusion and disorder

Etymologies

From Pandæmonium, capital of Hell in Paradise Lost, an epic poem by John Milton : Greek pan-, pan- + Late Latin daemonium, demon (from Greek daimonion, from daimōn, lesser god, demon; see demon).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined by John Milton in "Paradise Lost," Pandæmonium, from Ancient Greek πᾶν (pan, "all") (equivalent to English pan-) + Late Latin daemonium ("evil spirit, demon"), from Ancient Greek δαίμων (daimōn, "demon"). (Wiktionary)

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  • JM has observed an overcrowded panda habitat that was pandemonium.

    May 25, 2011

  • "the high Capitol of Satan and his peers" Paradise Lost

    July 15, 2008

  • "She is a hoary pandemonium of ills, enlarged glands, mumps, quinsy, bunions, hayfever, bedsores, ringworm, floating kidney, Derbyshire neck, warts, bilious attacks, gallstones, cold feet, varicose veins."
    Joyce, Ulysses, 14

    January 27, 2007