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1[mass noun] Complete disorder and confusion:‘snow caused chaos in the region’
disorder, disarray, disorganization, confusion, mayhem, bedlam, pandemonium, madness, havoc, turmoil, tumult, commotion, disruption, upheaval, furore, frenzy, uproar, hue and cry, babel, hurly-burlya maelstrom, a muddle, a mess, a shambles, a mare's nestanarchy, entropy, lawlessnessbangaranghullabaloo, all hell broken loose, a madhousean omnishambles, a car crasha three-ring circusView synonyms
- ‘His work seems to depict the confusion, guilt, uncertainty and chaos of modern life.’
- ‘That's the way to create the impression of confusion, panic and chaos.’
- ‘Violent thunderstorms and rain caused chaos on the region's roads and railways last night.’
- ‘For the present it's a chaos of building and redevelopment projects spread out over a maze of roadworks.’
- ‘Resulting restrictions and traffic chaos will throw the entire area into turmoil for up to four hours.’
- ‘Department stores commonly have chaos and pandemonium on their floors, and this one was the same.’
- ‘Her desire to get what she wants throws her life into a chaos she may not be able to escape from.’
- ‘Road bosses are aiming to prevent a repeat of last winter's chaos when the region is plunged into deep freeze next week.’
- ‘Rail chaos hit commuters early yesterday morning with delays of up to 40 minutes.’
- ‘When law and order break down in a country it must be the first step towards anarchy and chaos.’
- ‘They thrive on disruption and chaos, and seek to complicate any chance for a negotiated solution.’
- ‘The stoppage will cripple services across this region, leading to chaos for passengers.’
- ‘Snow caused commuter chaos across the region today and closed both runways at Manchester Airport.’
- ‘However, in trying to create the ideal world for just the motorist for so long, it now creates chaos and havoc for everyone.’
- ‘In a situation of total economic chaos, only a small number of profiteers have something to gain.’
- ‘The biggest risk from a dirty bomb is the chaos and confusion caused by mass panic.’
- ‘Council bosses have been urged to consider buying extra gritting vehicles after this week's snow chaos.’
- ‘I am whisked through the doors to a chaos of people and boxes and props on the other side.’
- ‘Motorists in south Essex slipped and slithered to work today as the first snow of winter caused chaos on the roads.’
- ‘You find yourself at the brink of an important change that brings emotional chaos and confusion today.’
- 1.1Physics The property of a complex system whose behaviour is so unpredictable as to appear random, owing to great sensitivity to small changes in conditions.
- ‘Interestingly, this view is increasingly embraced by theories of dynamical systems and chaos.’
- ‘A great example of a nonlinear system exhibiting chaos is all around you: the weather.’
- ‘The thing about strange attractors is that they bring their own kind of beautiful order to chaos, but it is still chaos.’
- ‘By these means, the study of chaos and complexity has become a subculture within science.’
- ‘The phenomenon of chaos is still not completely understood and mathematicians work on it even today.’
- 1.2 The formless matter supposed to have existed before the creation of the universe.
- ‘They had known each other since the advent of the chaos that existed before time gave its birth cry.’
- ‘There is, however, the universal law that brings about order out of chaos and creates harmony.’
- ‘Creation stories describe in various ways the essential struggle between chaos and form.’
- ‘We just happen, in this picture, to be in a Universe produced by a random fluctuation within the chaos.’
- 1.3Greek Mythology The first created being, from which came the primeval deities Gaia, Tartarus, Erebus, and Nyx.
- ‘In Greek mythology, Chaos is the goddess of emptiness and confusion who gave birth to the Universe.’
- ‘The ordered world of her childhood had been ripped apart and she stood on the edge the Abyss and stared into the face of Chaos.’
- ‘The greater threat is known to the Humans and is humanity's nemesis called Chaos.’
Late 15th century (denoting a gaping void or chasm, later formless primordial matter): via French and Latin from Greek khaos vast chasm, void.
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