Definition of madness
1 : the quality or state of being mad: such asa : 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. Mossb : behavior or thinking that is very foolish or dangerous : extreme folly an idea that is pure/sheer madnessc : ecstasy, enthusiasmd : intense anger : rage
2 : any of several ailments of animals marked by frenzied behavior; specifically : rabies
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!
Recent Examples of madness from the Web
Since the Finals ended June 12, the league has devolved into its annual summer madness.
Gridlock has reached the point of Roman corruption madness.
More money madnessThe Converse sneakers Michael Jordan wore in the 1984 Olympic basketball final sold for $190,372 last week.
Read more: A Q&A with the star, Nathan Darrow His Hamlet can be moody, bitter, biting and slyly humorous; especially effective is Darrow’s approach to Hamlet’s madness.
The result is an often heartfelt, always clean set with a focus on families and small-town life, all twinged with a healthy dose of non-sequitur madness (his Instagram account, for example, consists mostly of photos of tomatoes).
To control the madness, the park started managing the site.
More poke madness: Poke Square in Ballard opens on NW Market Street and Poke Bar fills Gnocchi Bar’s old spot on Capitol Hill; and Just Poke expands to Bellevue after just opening another in Kirkland.
On the other side, there was pure madness, befitting the Yakety Sax theme.
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