What does the word bedlam mean?

Usage examples for bedlam

  1. Amidst this bedlam din, Haj Ibrahim at length got a hearing, and mustered up courage enough to defend himself:-" You call your's a peaceful country,- How? – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  2. The cooks threw down their frying pans, the men their pipes, and bags of buffalo chips, and the whole plain looked more like bedlam broke loose than a quiet camping ground; some shouted and belabored the poor beasts, who already began to feel the infection, others lugged away at the long lariets of their mules who dogged and sullen, threw themselves on their reserved rights, and braced back on all fours with their long ears turned back and their eyes half closed, seemed to say to the unhappy knights who were so energetically tugging them along, no you don't- you can't come it, if you do, just let us know, but in they had to go, in spite of their resolution and firmness. – Journal of a Trip to California by the Overland Route Across the Plains in 1850-51 by E. S. (Eleazer Stillman) Ingalls