pandemonium

Thank you InterestingLiterature. I love Paradise Lost, but I oddly never stopped to think about the meaning of this word:

“Pandemonium. Okay, so this one is from Milton, from his great epic poem Paradise Lost (1667). But given the specific way this word was formed, we can be pretty sure it was an original coinage dreamt up by Milton himself. Meaning literally ‘all demons’, Pandemonium was Satan’s capital city in Milton’s poem…”

http://interestingliterature.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/ten-words-we-got-from-literature/

 

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