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. Moss>b : behavior or thinking that is very foolish or dangerous : extreme folly <an idea that is pure/sheer madness>c : 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!
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