mad·ness [madness madnesses] BrE [ˈmædnəs] NAmE [ˈmædnəs] noun uncountable
1. (old-fashioned) the state of having a serious mental illness
• There may be a link between madness and creativity.
2. crazy or stupid behaviour that could be dangerous
• It would be sheer madness to trust a man like that.
• In a moment of madness she had agreed to go out with him.
see there is method in your madness at method
• It's sheer madness to go sailing in weather like this.
• The real victim in this collective madness is our society.
• They say that talking to yourself is the first sign of madness!
1. obsolete terms for legal insanity
Syn: lunacy, insaneness
2. a feeling of intense anger
- hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
- his face turned red with rage
Syn: fury, rage
3. the quality of being rash and foolish
- trying to drive through a blizzard is the height of folly
- adjusting to an insane society is total foolishness
Syn: folly, foolishness, craziness
4. an acute viral disease of the nervous system of warm-blooded animals (usually transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal); rabies is fatal if the virus reaches the brain
Syn: rabies, hydrophobia, lyssa
5. unrestrained excitement or enthusiasm
- poetry is a sort of divine madness
Syn: rabidity, rabidness
2. United States pop singer and sex symbol during the 1980s (born in 1958)
Syn: Madonna Louise Ciccone
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|n.||1.||The condition of being mad; insanity; lunacy.|
|2.||Frenzy; ungovernable rage.|
To dream that you are diagnosed with madness or that you are mad, forewarns of trouble, loss, and overwhelming grief. You may have been behaving in an inappropriate way in your waking life. To see others suffering from madness, signifies a gloomy end to hopeful prospects.
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