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pandemonium (noun) wild, confused, disorderly and noisy situation.

Pandemonium refers to a situation in which a crowd is noisy, disorderly, confused, angry and frightened. Pandemonium breaks out when there is an earthquake, because panicked by it, people become wild and confused, and everything is in disorder. If an angry mob becomes uncontrollable, there is pandemonium. Pandemonium may result if the crowd in an area resorts to riot and group clashes.

  • As soon as the minister announced a steep cut in the allowances for the old and the disabled, there was pandemonium in the hall. The mob rushed to the dais, damaged the furniture and tried to manhandle the minister.
  • The festive crowd in the procession became furious when the members of the rival group objected to their procession. As a result pandemonium broke out, and the police had to resort to mild cane charge to bring the crowd under control.
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