Chaos - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkeɪɑːs|  American pronunciation of the word chaos
Brit.  |ˈkeɪɒs|  British pronunciation of the word chaos


- a state of extreme confusion and disorder (syn: bedlam, pandemonium, topsy-turvydom, topsy-turvyness)
- the formless and disordered state of matter before the creation of the cosmos
- (Greek mythology) the most ancient of gods; the personification of the infinity of space preceding creation of the universe
- (physics) a dynamical system that is extremely sensitive to its initial conditions


The loss of electricity caused chaos throughout the city.

When the police arrived, the street was in total chaos.

The country had descended into economic chaos.

The country was plunged into economic chaos.

There was total chaos on the roads.

The kitchen was in chaos.

The situation descended into utter chaos.

...soldiers who had been crazed by months of combat and chaos in the countryside...

It can be difficult to detach yourself from the chaos of the situation.

...the novel captures the discontinuous nature of a soldier's life: long stretches of boredom interrupted by flashes of chaos and panic...

Without intervention, the country could fall into irredeemable chaos.

The country soon relapsed into chaos.

The mists that swathed the primeval chaos.

The country is verging on chaos.

The strikes are expected to bring chaos.

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