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maddening

[mad-n-ing] /ˈmæd n ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
driving to madness or frenzy:
a maddening thirst.
2.
infuriating or exasperating:
his maddening indifference to my pleas.
3.
raging; furious:
a maddening wind.
Origin of maddening
1735-1745
First recorded in 1735-45; madden + -ing2
Related forms
maddeningly, adverb
maddeningness, noun

madden

[mad-n] /ˈmæd n/
verb (used with object)
1.
to anger or infuriate:
The delays maddened her.
2.
to make insane.
verb (used without object)
3.
to become mad; act as if mad; rage.
Origin
First recorded in 1725-35; mad + -en1
Related forms
unmaddened, adjective
Synonyms
1. provoke, enrage, anger, inflame; exasperate, irritate, vex, annoy.
Antonyms
1. calm, mollify.
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  • The maddening interview of this one night has filled my soul with love—but not for thee.

    The Lamplighter Charles Dickens
  • This maddening impatience told on my strength, which was small, and hindered me.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • We passed four men, and their greeting was maddening in its jeer.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • Which would be maddening for someone with no work to do or no resources in himself, or herself.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • Then the maddening cries of the prisoners whose relatives had not come.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for maddening

maddening

/ˈmædənɪŋ/
adjective
1.
serving to send mad
2.
extremely annoying; exasperating
Derived Forms
maddeningly, adverb
maddeningness, noun

madden

/ˈmædən/
verb
1.
to make or become mad or angry
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Word Origin and History for maddening
adj.

1743, from present participle of madden. Related: Maddeningly.

madden

v.

"to drive to distraction," 1822; earlier "to be mad" (1735), from mad (adj.) + -en (1). Related: Maddened; maddening. The earlier verb was simply mad (early 14c., intransitive; late 14c., transitive), from the adjective.

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