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[ mad-n-ing ]


  1. driving to madness or frenzy:

    a maddening thirst.

  2. infuriating or exasperating:

    his maddening indifference to my pleas.

  3. raging; furious:

    a maddening wind.


/ ˈmædənɪŋ /


  1. serving to send mad
  2. extremely annoying; exasperating

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Derived Forms

  • ˈmaddeningly, adverb
  • ˈmaddeningness, noun

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Other Words From

  • madden·ing·ly adverb
  • madden·ing·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of maddening1

First recorded in 1735–45; madden + -ing 2

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Example Sentences

It was especially maddening, not only because OB Elementary is her neighborhood school, but because she had already managed to successfully enroll her child at OB Elementary’s PrimeTime after-school program.

It was also nonetheless maddening because, well, it isn’t entirely false, and thus cannot be dismissed.

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“The maddening aspect of this story is that — despite the big fuss being made right now — the facts on both sides are still incredibly thin,” he said in an email.

Life may be brutal, but Lawson proves that even a maddening battle with an insurance company can be fertile ground for comedy.

He may make a few too many maddening decisions, but no one has ever accused the nomadic signal caller of being boring.

Still, as always, the list has its fair share of maddening snubs, too.

The reason for his crippling indecision is simple as it is maddening, especially if you happen to be married to him.

The process was a maddening tangle of unreliable tracking, delays, and confusion, the family member said.

However maddening this may be, we should beware of going the other way and making everything too plain.

Blockbuster, which will soon shutter completely, was perhaps the most maddening retail chain ever.

To see a part of my scheme, from which I had hoped so much, go wrong before my eyes is maddening!

They pay the penalty in that late—sometimes not so late—intolerable maddening ennui.

The dull thud of a footfall in the cell above hammers on my head with maddening regularity.

And in spite of your liberal thorns and maddening incomprehensibilities, you can always put homesickness to flight.

Later on Henri was to find that lack of self and sex consciousness one of the maddening mysteries about Sara Lee.