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[mad-man, -muh n] /ˈmædˌmæn, -mən/
noun, plural madmen
[mad-men, -muh n] /ˈmædˌmɛn, -mən/ (Show IPA)
a person who is or behaves as if insane; lunatic; maniac.
Origin of madman
First recorded in 1300-50, madman is from the Middle English word madd man. See mad, man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Evidently it was amusing, because they began to laugh loudly like a couple of madmen.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • It was said that they meant to throw the gates of Bedlam open, and let all the madmen loose.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Four or five of these madmen villains—what need had they of weapons?

    The World Beyond Raymond King Cummings
  • Nay, he said, if madness be forbidden, neither may they copy the behaviour of madmen.

    The Republic Plato
  • Will she join these madmen in their wild thirst for vengeance?

    The Man the Martians Made Frank Belknap Long
  • To leave these madmen at large would be more dangerous still.

    Criminal Man Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
  • We are sure we were not more than twenty to combat all these madmen.

    Perils and Captivity Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard
British Dictionary definitions for madmen


noun (pl) -men
a man who is insane, esp one who behaves violently; lunatic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for madmen



early 14c., mad man, from mad (adj.) + man (n.). One-word form attested from c.1400, prevalent from 16c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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