Definition of madness
- … fortifications against an inner darkness, the threat of madness that crouched above him throughout his life.
- —Robert F. Moss
- an idea that is pure/sheer madness
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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belligerence, contentiousness, contrariness, crankiness, disputatiousness, hot-headedness, irascibility, irascibleness, irritability, orneriness, pugnaciousness, pugnacity, quarrelsomeness, querulousness;
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