tohu-bohu

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Biblical Hebrew תֹהוּ(tóhu, nothingness, void) + בֹּהוּ(bóhu, emptiness, desolation), occurring together (as תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ(tóhu vavóhu)) in Genesis 1:2.

Noun[edit]

tohu-bohu (uncountable)

  1. Formless chaos; void.
    • 1875, William Gladstone, Gleanings of Past Years, VI:
      Yet a judge may [] be required to dive, at a moment's notice, into the tohu-bohu of inquiries, which have never yet emerged from the stage of chaos.
    • 1940, W. H. Auden, "In Sickness and in Health":
      [] / The decorative manias we obey / Die in grimaces round us every day, / Yet through their tohu-bohu comes a voice / Which utters an absurd command — Rejoice.

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Noun[edit]

tohu-bohu m (plural tohu-bohus)

  1. commotion
  2. chaos

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  • 1871, Arthur Rimbaud, "Le Bateau Ivre" in Poésies
    Dans les clapotements furieux des marées, ¶ Moi, l’autre hiver, plus sourd que les cerveaux d’enfants, ¶ Je courus ! Et les Péninsules démarrées ¶ N’ont pas subi tohu-bohus plus triomphants.

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