verb (used with object)

to anger or infuriate: The delays maddened her.
to make insane.

verb (used without object)

to become mad; act as if mad; rage.

Origin of madden

First recorded in 1725–35; mad + -en1
Related formsun·mad·dened, adjective

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to make or become mad or angry
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Word Origin and History for madden

"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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