Definition of chaos noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkeɪɒs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkeɪɑːs//
[uncountable] Terrorism
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a state of complete confusion and lack of order economic/political/domestic chaos Heavy snow has caused total chaos on the roads. The house was in chaos after the party. The country was thrown/plunged into chaos by the President’s death. See related entries: Terrorism Word Originlate 15th cent.: via French and Latin from Greek khaos ‘vast chasm, void’.Extra examples Chaos broke out when the fire started. Doctors worked day and night amid scenes of utter chaos. He liked to work in organized chaos. His brave leadership has created order out of chaos. I lost my bag in the ensuing chaos. In the ensuing chaos, many works of art were destroyed. The airport was in chaos during the strike. The country is sliding into economic chaos. The country was brought to the brink of chaos. The game ended in chaos. The government collapsed and chaos reigned. We are on the brink of chaos, economically speaking. the confusion and chaos surrounding the bombing raids Heavy flooding is causing total chaos across the country. Our plans have been thrown into absolute chaos. People started shouting and the meeting descended into chaos. The minute the door closed behind her, chaos broke out. Thousands of tourists face travel chaos. We have plans to avoid chaos when the strike begins next week.
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