mad·​den·​ing | \ ˈmad-niŋ How to pronounce maddening (audio) , ˈma-dᵊn-iŋ\

Definition of maddening

1 : tending to craze
2a : tending to infuriate
b : tending to vex : irritating

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Other Words from maddening

maddeningly \ ˈmad-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce maddeningly (audio) , ˈma-​dᵊn-​iŋ-​ \ adverb

Examples of maddening in a Sentence

He has a maddening habit of interrupting other people. She shows a maddening inability to control her children.

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This Chinese approach is maddening enough for governments. Jeff Moon, WSJ, "The President Turns the Tables on China," 16 July 2018 His tranquil demeanor, generosity, and maddening compulsion to apologize for the smallest offense — and then apologize for doing so — earned him the nickname Easy. Aaron Gell, Longreads, "Did Brian Easley Have to Die?," 9 Apr. 2018 The video matches the weighty glory of the song with a maddening music video that couldn't have been easy to film. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Above & Beyond Climb French Alps For Breathtaking 'Always' Video: Watch," 19 Jan. 2018 Nevertheless, the message from this hunky-dory Finals is clear: Start bracing now for another year of the Warriors’ maddening tendencies. Ben Golliver,, "Warriors' Greatness May Annoy Some but They Aren't Going Anywhere," 9 June 2018 Fairfax Media / Getty Jack Dorsey runs one of the most valuable, maddening, delightful and frustrating technology companies in the world. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey talked to NYU’s Jay Rosen for an hour, on the record. Read and listen to the full interview here.," 14 Sep. 2018 There’s nothing more maddening than debating someone who doesn’t know history, doesn’t read books, and frames their myopia as virtue. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lana Del Rey Shuts Down Kanye West for Supporting Trump: "You Need an Intervention as Much as He Does"," 1 Oct. 2018 Nothing says the holidays like braving maddening airport crowds, eschewing prying questions at big family gatherings, or looming end-of-year work deadlines. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Ways to De-Stress—And Stay Sane—During the Holidays," 19 Nov. 2018 VO Alice says that their maddening obsession started with that first roll of the dice. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "Someone Died in the Riverdale Flashback Episode and I Need to Talk About It ASAP," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of maddening

circa 1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of maddening

: very annoying


mad·​den·​ing | \ ˈma-dᵊn-iŋ\

Kids Definition of maddening

: very annoying Her constant chatter is maddening.

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