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  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.
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Origin of maddening

First recorded in 1735–45; madden + -ing2
Related formsmad·den·ing·ly, adverbmad·den·ing·ness, noun
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  • But Robin had become suddenly and maddeningly Caledonian again.

  • She had never seemed to him so maddeningly beautiful as at that moment.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • They got a picture of sorts, but it was maddeningly confusing and incomplete.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • It was maddeningly strange to think that none hitherto had come.

  • He wanted to touch her, to discover her, maddeningly he wanted to know her.

    The Rainbow

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

British Dictionary definitions for maddeningly


  1. serving to send mad
  2. extremely annoying; exasperating
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Derived Formsmaddeningly, adverbmaddeningness, noun
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Word Origin and History for maddeningly



1743, from present participle of madden. Related: Maddeningly.

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