mad·​den | \ˈma-dᵊn \
maddened; maddening\ ˈmad-​niŋ , ˈma-​dᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of madden 

intransitive verb

: to become or act as if mad

transitive verb

1 : to drive mad : craze

2 : to make intensely angry : enrage

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Examples of madden in a Sentence

the endless swarms of mosquitoes all but maddened the explorers her perpetual tardiness maddened her friends to no end

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For New Yorkers who rely on the subway, the constant delays are maddening. New York Times, "Nearly 6 Months on the Job, the Subway Chief Finally Meets the Mayor," 10 July 2018 The picture this collection makes is one of a genius who is herself maddened by social niceties, and all the other tedious obstacles of the daily capitalist grind. Brittany Allen, Longreads, "Getting Tricked by Helen DeWitt," 9 July 2018 The second was supposed to free him to cut loose rather than nibble around the plate in often-maddening attempts to throw the perfect pitch. Wallace Matthews, New York Times, "Yankees Lose to Blue Jays as Sonny Gray Falters Again," 21 Apr. 2018 The endless parade of pundits can be mind-numbing and maddening, regardless of what your politics are. Bruce Feldman,, "The Problems That Keep Urban Meyer Up at Night," 1 May 2018 Our minds, formed and informed by their We are not so much maddenedas reduced to the unutterable ignorance dark, cold caves. Kevin Cullen,, "He lived like every day might be his last, and then one day it was," 2 Apr. 2018 This is maddening to try and understand but hilarious nonetheless. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Shaq shares his absurd logic for how to pay less for gas," 27 Apr. 2018 Lines of desire and frustration swirl around them in maddening recursion. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The First Great Film Adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull," 24 Apr. 2018 Given that the monsters are maddened and apparently indestructible, a series of escalating conflicts ensues, with Davis desperately trying to calm George down or acquire a cure from Energyne before the ape is killed. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Rampage is laughably dumb, but at least there’s plenty of rampaging," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of madden

1734, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of madden

: to make (someone) angry


mad·​den | \ˈma-dᵊn \
maddened; maddening

Kids Definition of madden

: to make angry

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obstinately defiant of authority

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