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Coined by John Milton in "Paradise Lost," Pandæmonium, from Ancient Greek πᾶν (pân, all) (equivalent to English pan-) + Late Latin daemonium (evil spirit, demon), from Ancient Greek δαίμων (daímōn, deity).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌpændɪˈməʊnɪəm/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌpændɪˈmoʊni.əm/
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  • Rhymes: -əʊniəm


pandemonium (countable and uncountable, plural pandemoniums or pandemonia)

  1. (archaic) A place where all demons live; Hell.
    • 1674John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book I
      And Trumpets sound throughout the Host proclaim
      A solemn Councel forthwith to be held
      At Pandæmonium, the high Capitol
      Of Satan and his Peers.
  2. Chaos; tumultuous or lawless violence.
    • 2004, Boston Globe, October 22
      Whenever you have violent pandemonium, there's the overwhelming possibility for panic and tragedy.
  3. An outburst; loud, riotous uproar, especially of a crowd.
    • 2017 March 14, Stuart James, “Leicester stun Sevilla to reach last eight after Kasper Schmeichel save”, in the Guardian[1]:
      Riyad Mahrez flighted the free-kick that followed to the far post and Morgan, with not much finesse but plenty of desire, bundled the ball over the line. Cue pandemonium in the stands.


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pandemonium n (plural pandemoniums, diminutive pandemoniumpje n)

  1. pandemonium, residence of all demons/devils, hell
  2. pandemonium, a 'hellish' chaos, notably terrible noise and disorder