madness

[ mad-nis ]
/ ˈmæd nɪs /

noun

the state of being mad; insanity.
senseless folly: It is sheer madness to speak as you do.
frenzy; rage.
intense excitement or enthusiasm.

Nearby words

  1. madiun,
  2. madly,
  3. madlyn,
  4. madm.,
  5. madman,
  6. madoera,
  7. madonna,
  8. madonna and child,
  9. madonna lily,
  10. madras

Origin of madness

First recorded in 1350–1400, madness is from the Middle English word madnesse. See mad, -ness

Related formspre·mad·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for madness

madness

/ (ˈmædnɪs) /

noun

insanity; lunacy
extreme anger, excitement, or foolishness
a nontechnical word for rabies
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Word Origin and History for madness

madness

n.

late 14c., "insanity, dementia; rash or irrational conduct," from mad (adj.) + -ness. Sense of "foolishness" is from early 15c.

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Medicine definitions for madness

madness

[ mădnĭs ]

n.

The quality or condition of being insane.

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Idioms and Phrases with madness

madness

see method in one's madness.

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