mad·​den | \ ˈma-dᵊn How to pronounce madden (audio) \
maddened; maddening\ ˈmad-​niŋ How to pronounce maddening (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web Finding the Mets’ logic from move-to-move is maddening. Michael Shapiro,, "Ranking Noah Syndergaard's Top Landing Spots," 30 July 2019 More headlines: As concertgoers enjoy Hometown Rising, neighbors in Louisville complain of 'maddening' noise on Nextdoor Lucas Aulbach can be reached at, 502-582-4649 or on Twitter @LucasAulbach. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Missing Louisville toddler found hours after disappearance, police say," 20 Mar. 2019 Our uninvolvement, our frivolity, maddened the Left. Philip P. Ardery Jr., National Review, "Upon a Time in Woodstock," 10 Aug. 2019 But the tragedy is, these two barely get to connect in the first place, in a story that pivots on maddening near-misses and promises unfulfilled. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Probing at the heart of ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ as Shakespeare tragedy returns to the Old Globe Theatre," 3 Aug. 2019 Six months' seclusion would have been maddening for some, but Cunningham spent his time reading, writing, and teaching himself Latin. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 And taken as a whole, 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 And that is -- that was absolutely maddening in so many ways for me. Fox News, "Will Mueller get his presidential interview?," 8 Aug. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce madden (audio) \
maddened; maddening

Kids Definition of madden

: to make angry

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