I see now where the present bedlamite style of coiffure comes from.
The bedlamite replied, "The world said I was mad; I said the world was mad, and they outwitted me."
Why Bayard in the nineteenth century's a Bedlamite, Irish or no.
The bedlamite replied, The world said I was mad; I said the world was mad; and they outvoted me.
Any way, it came to be used for a witless fellow, or Bedlamite.
Up the steep, narrow lane we ran with that bedlamite crowd at our heels.
Thus perished an ardent and learned youth, who ought only to have been condemned as a Bedlamite.
But you should remember that John Ford had to put such a sentiment in the mouth of a Bedlamite.
Mollie paced up and down like a bedlamite, sobbing and scolding to herself, and quite broken down with one day's imprisonment.
And I ain't out of my head—not yet; though keepin' company with a Bedlamite may have some effect, I shouldn't wonder.