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 for Bedlam
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bethlehem \Beth"le*hem\, n. [Heb. b[=e]th-lekhem house of food;
     b[=e]th house + lekhem food, l[=a]kham to eat. Formerly the
     name of a hospital for the insane, in London, which had been
     the priory of St. Mary of Bethlehem. Cf. Bedlam.]
     1. A hospital for lunatics; -- corrupted into bedlam.
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     2. (Arch.) In the Ethiopic church, a small building attached
        to a church edifice, in which the bread for the eucharist
        is made. --Audsley.
        [1913 Webster] Bethlehemite

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bedlam \Bed"lam\, n. [See Bethlehem.]
     1. A place appropriated to the confinement and care of the
        insane; a madhouse. --Abp. Tillotson.
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     2. An insane person; a lunatic; a madman. [Obs.]
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              Let's get the bedlam to lead him.     --Shak.
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     3. Any place where uproar and confusion prevail.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bedlam \Bed"lam\, a.
     Belonging to, or fit for, a madhouse. "The bedlam, brainsick
     duchess." --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bedlam
      n 1: a state of extreme confusion and disorder [syn: chaos,
           pandemonium, bedlam, topsy-turvydom, topsy-
           turvyness]
      2: pejorative terms for an insane asylum [syn: Bedlam, booby
         hatch, crazy house, cuckoo's nest, funny farm, funny
         house, loony bin, madhouse, nut house, nuthouse,
         sanatorium, snake pit]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  67 Moby Thesaurus words for "bedlam":
     Babel, Bedlam let loose, asylum, blast, bobbery, brawl, brouhaha,
     bughouse, cacophony, chaos, charivari, chirm, clamor, clangor,
     clap, clatter, commotion, confusion, confusion of tongues, din,
     discord, donnybrook, drunken brawl, dustup, flap, fracas,
     free-for-all, hell, hell broke loose, howl, hubbub, hue and cry,
     hullabaloo, insane asylum, jangle, loud noise, lunatic asylum,
     madhouse, mental home, mental hospital, mental institution, noise,
     noise and shouting, nuthouse, outcry, padded cell, pandemonium,
     psychiatric ward, psychopathic hospital, racket, rattle, rhubarb,
     roar, row, ruckus, ruction, rumble, rumpus, shindy, shivaree,
     static, thunder, thunderclap, tintamarre, tumult, turmoil,
     uproar
  
  

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