the state of being mad; insanity.
senseless folly: It is sheer madness to speak as you do.
intense excitement or enthusiasm.
- pre·mad·ness, noun
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How to use madness in a sentence
Trying to fine-tune all that to a desired end is not only a form of madness but doomed to failure.
But the events provoking this madness are absolutely current.Kobani is Falling to ISIS in Syria. Kurd Protests Explode in Turkey. | Jamie Dettmer | October 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So in the vein of March madness, here are my picks for the Final Four of the 2014 GOP championship of crazy.
If the U.S. does nothing, the Arab world will continue its slide into sectarian bigotry, political repression, and madness.To Beat ISIS, the Arab World Must Promote Political and Religious Reforms | Rula Jebreal | September 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The madness officially begins tomorrow: a week of fashion, partying, and celebrities on the front row.Who to See and Where to be Seen: The Hot Tips for New York Fashion Week | Barbara Ragghianti | September 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They joined in bands of youths and maidens and whirled down the Avenue in Bacchic madness.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
The hotel-keepers thought I was the American tourist overtaken by that final madness they had always anticipated.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Cards, however, I regard as a passing madness; it merely means that even yet we have not enough to do.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
But Jack was at that day a reckless fellow, and he lived to be passionately sorry for his splenetic madness.The Chequers | James Runciman
Even her father's well-known madness for things of art could scarcely atone to his child for this indignity.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
British Dictionary definitions for madness
extreme anger, excitement, or foolishness
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Other Idioms and Phrases with madness
see method in one's madness.
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