madness

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noun mad·ness \ˈmad-nəs\

Definition of madness

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being mad: as a :  rage b :  insanity c :  extreme folly d :  ecstasy, enthusiasm

  2. 2 :  any of several ailments of animals marked by frenzied behavior; specifically :  rabies

Examples of madness in a sentence

  1. He suffered a series of tragedies that nearly drove him to madness.

  2. Her friends told her the idea was pure madness, but she went through with it anyway.

  3. It was the height of madness for him to drive at such high speeds!

14th Century

First Known Use of madness

14th century


MADNESS Defined for English Language Learners

madness

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noun mad·ness \ˈmad-nəs\

Definition of madness for English Language Learners

  • : a state of severe mental illness

  • : behavior or thinking that is very foolish or dangerous


Medical Dictionary

madness

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noun mad·ness \ˈmad-nəs\

Medical Definition of madness

  1. 1:  a severely disordered state of mind—not used technically

  2. 2:  any of several ailments of animals marked by frenzied behavior; specifically :  rabies



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