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Bedlam (earlier ‘Bedlem’, ‘Bethlem’, ‘Bethlehem’)
1. the Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem in London used as an asylum for the mentally deranged 2H6 V. I. 131 “To Bedlam with him; Tom o' Bedlam,” madman Lr. I. ii. 152.
2. lunatic, madman John II. i. 183 “Bedlam, have done,” Lr. III. vii. 103.
3. as adj. mad H5 V. i. 20 “Art thou bedlam?,” 2H6 III. i. 51, V. i. 132 “a bedlam and ambitious humour.”
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