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verb (used with object)
  1. to anger or infuriate: The delays maddened her.
  2. to make insane.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become mad; act as if mad; rage.
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Origin of madden

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


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annoy, distract, exasperate, shatter, infuriate, pester, upset, incense, unhinge, enrage, inflame, unbalance, irritate, derange, anger, vex, provoke, bother, craze, possess

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  1. 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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