mad·​den | \ ˈma-dᵊn How to pronounce madden (audio) \
maddened; maddening\ ˈmad-​niŋ How to pronounce madden (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 But there was more left on the field, illustrating the inconsistency that must madden Vikings coaches. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Film review: Coordinator Gary Kubiak's aggressive first-down calls lift Cousins, Vikings," 6 Oct. 2020 And now, way more people will be maddened — and entertained — by the story, while Roslyn residents will be able to look back on the story that touched them personally 15 years later. Lia Beck,, "The True Story Behind HBO’s Bad Education Rocked New York In The 2000s," 25 Apr. 2020 Lily, meanwhile, maddened with grief, embarks on a quest to untangle the mysteries surrounding her lover. The Economist, "More development In “Devs”, Alex Garland returns to themes of technology and power," 14 Apr. 2020 So the uncertainty over when or even if the 2020 season will begin is maddening for the Englishman, going into his fourth season at ASU. Arizona Republic, "ASU soccer seeking quick turnaround from Pac-12 last place finish," 23 Apr. 2020 His secrecy is at times maddening, stretching the bounds of credulity even. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: New romances provide welcome balm for stressful times," 3 Apr. 2020 The handlers could not risk letting the savage animals, maddened by fire, loose on the countryside. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Retro Indy: Fire ravaged circus and elephants roamed the streets of Fulton County," 20 Feb. 2020 There might be plenty of talented young players coming through the U.S. pipelines, but the USMNT’s lack of toughness on the big stage is maddening for long-time observers of the team. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Game changer: Alabama-grown soccer player breaks through for USMNT," 30 Jan. 2020 Photo: From left: David T. Foster Iii/Charlotte Observer/MCT/Zuma Press; Dean Hare/Associated Press That’s worth keeping in mind as NBA teams begin the annual exercise in maddening uncertainty better known as the draft. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Late Bloomers Who Became NBA Stars," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of madden

1734, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Madden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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