chaos

noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek — more at gum Date: 15th century 1. obsolete chasm, abyss 2. a. often capitalized a state of things in which chance is supreme; especially the confused unorganized state of primordial matter before the creation of distinct forms — compare cosmos b. the inherent unpredictability in the behavior of a complex natural system (as the atmosphere, boiling water, or the beating heart) 3. a. a state of utter confusion <
the blackout caused chaos throughout the city
>
b. a confused mass or mixture <
a chaos of television antennas
>
chaotic adjectivechaotically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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