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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Pandaemonium city of evil spirits in the poem Paradise Lost (1667) by John Milton, from Greek pan- ( PAN-) + daimon 'evil spirit'

pandemonium

noun
     
pan‧de‧mo‧ni‧um [uncountable]
a situation in which there is a lot of noise because people are angry, confused or frightened [= chaos]:
There was complete pandemonium in the kitchen.
When the verdict was read pandemonium broke out in the courtroom.

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