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Use the word "chaos" to describe a situation that is out of control. There is a tragedy and people don’t know what to do. There’s no organization, and panic sets in because it feels like conditions can get worse.

  • There was chaos in the streets following the bomb blast.
  • It was chaos after the team won the game and the fans flooded the field.
  • Chaos broke out when the results of the election were announced.
  • The meeting ended in chaos when the president of the company announced that he was resigning.
  • Bill doesn’t like dealing with all of the chaos that he’s experiencing at work right now.

The word "chaotic" is an adjective:

  • This is becoming a chaotic situation.
  • The heat of the battle was completely chaotic, and many soldiers lost their lives.
  • Although the soccer match was a little chaotic at times, it was fascinating to watch.


There was chaos in the streets.

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Published on October 31, 2014

Updated on December 21, 2018



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