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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
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  • But Robin had become suddenly and maddeningly Caledonian again.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • She had never seemed to him so maddeningly beautiful as at that moment.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • They got a picture of sorts, but it was maddeningly confusing and incomplete.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • It was maddeningly strange to think that none hitherto had come.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned

    Ford Madox Ford
  • He wanted to touch her, to discover her, maddeningly he wanted to know her.

    The Rainbow D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for maddeningly

maddening

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

maddening

adj.

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

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