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chaos (1 is a sense of the orig. Greek word; 4 is a rare use)
1. ‘black gulf’ or ‘deep abyss’ of night or darkness Oth. III. iii. 92* “when I love thee not, Chaos is come again” (or ?=sense 2), Ven. 1020 “black chaos comes again,” Lucr. 767 “Vast sin-concealing ” (=night).
2. state resembling that of primitive chaos or the ‘formless void’ of primordial matter, utter confusion Troil. I. iii. 125 “This chaos, when degree is suffocate.”
3. confused mass or conglomeration Rom. I. i. 184 “Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms.”
4. shapeless mass 3H6 III. ii. 161 “To disproportion me . . . Like to a chaos, or an unlick'd bear-whelp.”
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