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madness

[ mad-nis ]
/ ˈmæd nɪs /
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noun

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

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Origin of madness

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

OTHER WORDS FROM madness

pre·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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for madness

madness
[ mădnĭs ]

n.

The quality or condition of being insane.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Idioms and Phrases with madness

madness

see method in one's madness.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
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