- driving to madness or frenzy: a maddening thirst.
- infuriating or exasperating: his maddening indifference to my pleas.
- raging; furious: a maddening wind.
Origin of maddening
- to anger or infuriate: The delays maddened her.
- to make insane.
Origin of madden
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Examples from the Web for maddening
Still, as always, the list has its fair share of maddening snubs, too.15 Enraging Golden Globe TV Snubs and Surprises: Amy Poehler, 'Mad Men' & More
December 11, 2014
The reason for his crippling indecision is simple as it is maddening, especially if you happen to be married to him.Adventure Photographer Jimmy Chin: Defying the Rational, Physically and Creatively
October 6, 2014
The process was a maddening tangle of unreliable tracking, delays, and confusion, the family member said.American G.I.s: Dude, Where’s My Car?
July 16, 2014
Blockbuster, which will soon shutter completely, was perhaps the most maddening retail chain ever.R.I.P. Blockbuster, You Frustratingly Magical Franchise, You
November 6, 2013
As maddening as it is that this is being dragged out to a trilogy, this trailer does look pretty cool.Miley’s New Album Is Streaming; ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ Gets a Trailer
October 1, 2013
The maddening interview of this one night has filled my soul with love—but not for thee.The Lamplighter
This maddening impatience told on my strength, which was small, and hindered me.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
We passed four men, and their greeting was maddening in its jeer.The Law-Breakers
Which would be maddening for someone with no work to do or no resources in himself, or herself.Pariah Planet
Then the maddening cries of the prisoners whose relatives had not come.The Scapegoat
- serving to send mad
- extremely annoying; exasperating
- to make or become mad or angry
Word Origin and History for maddening
1743, from present participle of madden. Related: Maddeningly.