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I am searching for a word for a place which is full of confusion. I tried searching but couldn't find any link.

This website mentions nothing.

https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/confused

Merriam-Webster says Labyrinth, but I find that a bit mainstream.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/labyrinth

I am looking for some mythical or literary reference. Can anyone help me?

EDIT:

I am looking for something which I can use in a sentence like

"The attractive offers sent me into a ..........".

And I am desiring a mythical reference.

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    Do you mean "a place full of confusion" or "a place which is confusing"? A labyrinth is confusing to be in but is not, necessarily, full of confusion. On the other hand it is quite possible to have a simple space, even an open field, where a large number of people are gathered with no organisation and no clear direction. This happens all too often in refugee camps for example. Such a place would be "full of confusion" but would not, necessarily, be "a confusing space" – BoldBen Apr 18 at 6:47
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    Thanks. That's a really good explanation. I am looking for something which I can use in a sentence like "The attractive offers sent me into a ..........". And I am desiring a mythical reference. – Pranjal Singhal Apr 18 at 6:59
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    Note that everything you're getting here has a negative connotation, which doesn't match very well with attractive offers. – Karl Knechtel Apr 18 at 12:12
  • @KarlKnechtel I don't see a mismatch. (I am interpreting it as "The offers were attractive, but they turned out to lead me to ...".) – Martin Bonner Apr 18 at 12:43
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    It's not an answer, but my initial reaction to just the title was "House of Commons". – Martin Bonner Apr 18 at 12:44
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Bedlam is exactly the word you are looking for. The name comes from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethlem_Royal_Hospital

or Bedlam : an asylum for the mentally ill a place, scene, or state of uproar and confusion

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    I mostly see "bedlam" used for the "state of uproar" more than just confusion. So more like a train station when several trains arrive simultaneously rather than inner turmoil. – user3067860 Apr 18 at 14:19
  • Bedlam does imply confusion, and while stations can get very crowded most of the people there are not confused. – simon at rcl Apr 18 at 15:42
  • I have certainly seen "bedlam" used to describe an inner mental state. Most memorably in the title of the 2003 interactive fiction game "Slouching Towards Bedlam" – Racheet Apr 18 at 15:43
  • Or, similarly, "madhouse." The place was a total madhouse. – HemiPoweredDrone Apr 19 at 4:34
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There is the word pandemonium:

[Oxford Dictionaries]
Wild and noisy disorder or confusion; uproar.
‘there was complete pandemonium—everyone just panicked’
‘I knew that a lack of heir undoubtedly lead to pandemonium and anarchy.’

Origin
Mid 17th century: modern Latin (denoting the place of all demons, in Milton's Paradise Lost), from pan- ‘all’ + Greek daimōn ‘demon’.

As Merriam-Webster further clarifies:

2 capitalized : the capital of Hell in Milton's Paradise Lost
3 capitalized : the infernal regions : HELL
// the demons of Pandemonium

So, you could talk about pandemonium or you could say that you sent somebody to Pandemonium.

The enotes website describes the nature of Pandemonium:

Indeed, the haste with which Pandemonium appears serves to highlight its lack of permanence and the underlying instability of its foundations. This is a fake construction; an attempt to replicate the splendours of heaven. Yet this it can never do as it has been put together by mere worldly materials, and as such can never provide more than a glittering facade for the evil machinations of Satan and his devilish acolytes. Milton helps us see beyond this facade and, in doing so, provides an abiding insight into the things that truly matter.

No doubt this sense of instability and its fake nature is what led the word to take on its current meaning of confusion.

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    Thank you so much. This seems to be exactly what I was searching for. – Pranjal Singhal Apr 18 at 11:16
  • @PranjalSinghal If you are satisfied then please accept the answer. – Ubi hatt Apr 18 at 11:58
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    I would suggest waiting instead: the question is only five hours old. – Andrew Leach Apr 18 at 12:01
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    "Limbo" is another variant with similar usage and connotations to Pandemonium – Bar Alon Apr 18 at 13:09
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    Good answer, but note that pandemonium typically refers to a state of physical confusion or chaos (like shouting "fire" in a crowded theater). From the OP's stub example, they may be looking for something a more personal or internal state of confusion. I'm not sure that a single person's throughts/actions could be described as pandemonium. – Nuclear Wang Apr 18 at 16:22
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The noun turmoil immediately springs to mind. Turmoil, in very simple words, is a chaotic or confusing situation. A country might slide into economic or political turmoil after a coup d'état, for example. A person can be in a state of inner turmoil. In that case, it means a state in which a person feels deeply confused about something problematic going on in their life. The Oxford Dictionary defines this words as follows:

A state of great disturbance, confusion, or uncertainty.

A couple of example sentences:

He endured years of inner turmoil.

Sitting on his bed, he felt inner turmoil about it again as he did on countless occasions.

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According to Greek mythology, one of the most ancient of gods; the personification of the infinity of space preceding creation of the universe was known as Chaos.

You can use the adjective form of

chaos

i.e. chaotic to modify the noun [some place].

Though, chaotic in contemporary English means

Meaning: In a state of complete confusion and disorder.

Usage 1. [In literal sense] The house is a bit chaotic at the moment - we've got all these extra people staying and we're still decorating.

Usage 2. [In figurative sense] Her mind was a chaotic place for her fragile thoughts and Her heart was a fragile place for her chaotic feelings.

or, you can simply say

It is a chaotic place.

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Madhouse

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/madhouse

  1. a wild, confused, and often noisy place, set of circumstances, etc.:
    The office was a madhouse today.

Most other options seem to refer more to a state -- either the mental state of the people, or the general state of the place -- rather than the place itself. With "madhouse", the madness refers to a part of what the place is, not just to what's happening there.

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One word that would fit your example sentence is tizzy. A tizzy is a nervous, excited, or distracted mental state. It doesn't describe a physical place of confusion, but rather a personal sense of frenetic thought. This doesn't fit the question title very well, but fits the example sentence in the question body just about perfectly.

"The attractive offers sent me into a tizzy" would mean that you are exhibiting some kind of agitation while thinking about these offers, possibly being excited, nervous, or confused about them - in other words "your head is spinning" (in a figurative sense).

Tizzy at Dictionary.com

  • You beat me to it in seconds! Please add link to an online reference and this can be a good answer. – alwayslearning Apr 18 at 17:25

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