- the state of being mad; insanity.
- senseless folly: It is sheer madness to speak as you do.
- frenzy; rage.
- intense excitement or enthusiasm.
Origin of madness
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Examples from the Web for madness
Trying to fine-tune all that to a desired end is not only a form of madness but doomed to failure.How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?
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He dashed the paper to the ground, and gave himself up to his madness.Viviette
William J. Locke
What was it—madness, a nightmare, or a trap into which he had been decoyed with fiendish artfulness?The Secret Agent
Do not think that I write this in madness or in fever or excitement.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
It was madness to come to Lourdes when one was in such a condition.
A whirlwind of madness seemed to be passing over the region.
- insanity; lunacy
- extreme anger, excitement, or foolishness
- a nontechnical word for rabies
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Word Origin and History for madness
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The quality or condition of being insane.
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Idioms and Phrases with madness
see method in one's madness.
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