chaos

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈkeɪɒs/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈkeɪɑs/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(kāos)



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
cha•os /ˈkeɪɑs/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. a state of confusion or disorder:Economic chaos resulted from his policies.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
cha•os  (kāos),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a state of utter confusion or disorder;
    a total lack of organization or order.
  2. any confused, disorderly mass:a chaos of meaningless phrases.
  3. the infinity of space or formless matter supposed to have preceded the existence of the ordered universe.
  4. Mythology(cap.) the personification of this in any of several ancient Greek myths.
  5. [Obs.]a chasm or abyss.
  • Greek; akin to chasm, yawn, gape
  • Latin
  • late Middle English 1400–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged disarray, jumble, turmoil, tumult.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged order, peace, calm.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
chaos /ˈkeɪɒs/ n
  1. complete disorder; utter confusion
  2. (usually capital) the disordered formless matter supposed to have existed before the ordered universe
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin, from Greek khaos; compare chasm, yawn

chaotic /keɪˈɒtɪk/ adj chaˈotically adv
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