What does Chaos mean?

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ˈkeɪ ɒschaos

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chaos, pandemonium, bedlam, topsy-turvydom, topsy-turvynessnoun

    a state of extreme confusion and disorder

  2. chaosnoun

    the formless and disordered state of matter before the creation of the cosmos

  3. Chaosnoun

    (Greek mythology) the most ancient of gods; the personification of the infinity of space preceding creation of the universe

  4. chaosnoun

    (physics) a dynamical system that is extremely sensitive to its initial conditions


  1. chaosnoun

    A vast chasm or abyss.

  2. chaosnoun

    The unordered state of matter in classical accounts of cosmogony

  3. chaosnoun

    Any state of disorder, any confused or amorphous mixture or conglomeration.

  4. chaosnoun

    A given medium; a space in which something exists or lives; an environment.

  5. chaosnoun

    Behaviour of iterative non-linear systems in which arbitrarily small variations in initial conditions become magnified over time.

  6. chaosnoun

    One of the two metaphysical forces of the world in some fantasy settings, as opposed to law.

  7. Etymology: Borrowed from χάος

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHAOSnoun

    Etymology: chaos, Lat. χάος.

    The whole universe would have been a confused chaos, without beauty or order. Richard Bentley.

    Had I followed the worst, I could not have brought church and state to such a chaos of confusions, as some have done. Charles I .

    Their reason sleeps, but mimick fancy wakes,
    Supplies her parts, and wild ideas takes
    From words and things, ill sorted, and misjoin’d,
    The anarchy of thought, and chaos of the mind. Dryden.

    We shall have nothing but darkness and a chaos within, whatever order and light there be in things without us. John Locke.

    Pleas’d with a work, where nothing’s just or fit,
    One glaring chaos and wild heap of wit. Alexander Pope.


  1. chaos

    Chaos refers to a state of disorder or confusion where events, ideas, or systems lack predictability or coherence. It is often characterized by a lack of organization or control and can occur in various contexts, such as nature, society, or even personal experiences. In chaotic systems, small changes or actions can produce unpredictable and significant outcomes, making it challenging to determine outcomes or establish stability.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chaosnoun

    an empty, immeasurable space; a yawning chasm

  2. Chaosnoun

    the confused, unorganized condition or mass of matter before the creation of distinct and orderly forms

  3. Chaosnoun

    any confused or disordered collection or state of things; a confused mixture; confusion; disorder

  4. Etymology: [L. chaos chaos (in senses 1 & 2), Gr. cha`os, fr. cha`inein (root cha) to yawn, to gape, to open widely. Cf. Chasm.]


  1. Chaos

    In Games Workshop's Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000 fictional universes, Chaos refers to the malevolent entities which live in a different timespace, known as the Warp in Warhammer 40,000 and as the Realm of Chaos in Warhammer Fantasy. The term can refer to these warp entities and their influence, the servants and worshippers of these entities, or even the parallel universe in which these entities are supposed to reside. The most powerful of these warp entities are those known as the Chaos Gods, also sometimes referred to as the Dark Gods, Ruinous Powers, or the Powers of Chaos. Similarities exist between the Warhammer idea of Chaos and the concept of Chaos from Michael Moorcock's Elric saga, which also influenced D&D's alignment system. Further similarities can be seen with the godlike extradimensional Great Old Ones of horror writer H. P. Lovecraft's stories.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chaos

    kā′os, n. shapeless mass: disorder: the state of matter before it was reduced to order by the Creator.—adj. Chaot′ic, confused.—adv. Chaot′ically. [Gr.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Chaos

    a name in the ancient cosmogomy for the formless void out of which everything at first sprang into existence, or the wide-spread confusion that prevailed before it shaped itself into order under the breath of the spirit of life.

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  1. Chaos

    (Cha′os) allegorically represented the confused mass of matter supposed to have existed before the creation of the world, and out of which the world was formed.

    “... Behold the throne Of Chaos, and his dark pavilion spread Wide on the wasteful deep; with him enthroned Sat sable-vested Night, eldest of all things, The consort of his reign.” (Milton.)

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Chaos' in Nouns Frequency: #2153

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Chaos in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Chaos in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Chaos in a Sentence

  1. From the I Ching:

    Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish in the crowd.

  2. John McCain:

    Today’s indictment is a result of the hard work of America’s law enforcement and intelligence officials who dedicate their lives to bringing to justice those who wish to do us harm. These revelations add to a body of evidence confirming an extensive plot by Vladimir Putin’s government to attack the 2016 election, sow chaos and dissention among the American electorate, and undermine faith in our democracy.

  3. Mitch McConnell:

    The last two years have seen law and order deteriorate across our country. Public safety has eroded. Violent crimes like murders and carjackings are breaking records. And our southern border has turned into a turnstile, we have seen the violence and chaos firsthand in Kentucky, especially in my hometown of Louisville. But we aren’t alone. This is a nationwide phenomenon on Democrats’ watch.

  4. Michael Morley:

    There are too many potentially realistic scenarios left unaddressed in the statutes... that create unnecessary room for political manipulation and introducing uncertainty and chaos into the process.

  5. Ben Wikler:

    Gov. Evers isn’t flashy, and he knows what people want isn’t ultimately flash. They want their highways repaired and their schools to teach their kids and their phones not to vibrate at 5 in the morning with something that’s going to stop them from going back to sleep, president Biden has the same thing going for him: decency and a sense of steady leadership rather than chaos and any kind of ideology that might be proceeded by the word ‘ultra.’.

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