madness

noun
mad·​ness | \ ˈmad-nəs How to pronounce madness (audio) \

Definition of madness

1 : the quality or state of being mad: such as
a : a state of severe mental illness not used technically … fortifications against an inner darkness, the threat of madness that crouched above him throughout his life.— Robert F. Moss
b : behavior or thinking that is very foolish or dangerous : extreme folly an idea that is pure/sheer madness
d : intense anger : rage
2 : any of several ailments of animals marked by frenzied behavior specifically : rabies

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Synonyms & Antonyms for madness

Synonyms

aberration, dementia, derangement, insanity, lunacy, mania, rage [archaic]

Antonyms

mind, saneness, sanity

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Examples of madness in a Sentence

He suffered a series of tragedies that nearly drove him to madness. Her friends told her the idea was pure madness, but she went through with it anyway. It was the height of madness for him to drive at such high speeds!
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Not even watching the Super Bowl is an escape from Game of Thrones madness. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Just Recreated That Scene with The Mountain for a Super Bowl Ad," 4 Feb. 2019 The date changes every year, but there actually is a method to the madness: Memorial Day is always held on the last Monday in May. Of course, the day is known for being the unofficial start to summer. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "When Is Memorial Day? Here's What You Need to Know About the Observance," 1 Mar. 2019 As if that wasn’t enough, the Pyrenees are set to add their own twist to the madness the organizers have cooked up. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Stage that Could Decide the Tour de France Is Also Its Shortest," 24 July 2018 Follow along all day as the Arizona Republic brings you to the madness, sightings and fun of summer league. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer League live day two: A mad dash kicks off the day," 7 July 2018 Page said while the goal is to have fun, there is a method to the madness for the performers. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Ringling Bros. alum set to debut Legoland 'clowning' show," 24 May 2018 Marley, who just turned 20 earlier this month, told explained that there's no real method to the madness of getting ready for a big event such as Dior's at the Guggenheim. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selah Marley Plays Dress Up with Dior," 15 Nov. 2018 April of Arike Take one last look back at the madness of Arike Ogunbowale, including her place on the cover of Sports Illustrated, videos of her behind-the-scenes reaction and, of course, video of the buzzer beaters themselves. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Play by Play Newsletter: The weather is miserable, both outdoors and underneath my faulty kitchen sink," 6 Apr. 2018 Junior forward Chris White acknowledged there's a method to Taylor's madness. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Marian Catholic's Mike Taylor named the Daily Southtown Boys Basketball Coach of the Year," 31 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of madness

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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madness

noun
mad·​ness | \ ˈmad-nəs How to pronounce madness (audio) \

Medical Definition of madness

1 : a severely disordered state of mind not used technically
2 : any of several ailments of animals marked by frenzied behavior specifically : rabies

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