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crazed

[kreyzd] /kreɪzd/
adjective
1.
insane; demented.
2.
suffering loss of emotional control:
crazed with fear.
3.
(of a ceramic object) having small cracks in the glaze.
Origin
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English. See craze, -ed2
Related forms
crazedly
[krey-zid-lee] /ˈkreɪ zɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
half-crazed, adjective

craze

[kreyz] /kreɪz/
verb (used with object), crazed, crazing.
1.
to derange or impair the mind of; make insane:
He was crazed by jealousy.
2.
to make small cracks on the surface of (a ceramic glaze, paint, or the like); crackle.
3.
British Dialect. to crack.
4.
Archaic. to weaken; impair:
to craze one's health.
5.
Obsolete. to break; shatter.
verb (used without object), crazed, crazing.
6.
to become insane; go mad.
7.
to become minutely cracked, as a ceramic glaze; crackle.
8.
Metallurgy.
  1. (of a case-hardened object) to develop reticulated surface markings; worm.
  2. (of an ingot) to develop an alligator skin as a result of being teemed into an old and worn mold.
9.
Archaic. to fall to pieces; break.
noun
10.
a popular or widespread fad, fashion, etc.; mania:
the newest dance craze.
11.
insanity; an insane condition.
12.
a minute crack or pattern of cracks in the glaze of a ceramic object.
13.
Obsolete. flaw; defect.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English crasen to crush < Scandinavian; compare Swedish, Norwegian krasa to shatter, crush
Synonyms
10. vogue, mode.
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  • The crazed fortune hunters who created this place left their ships to rot in the harbor on their way to the gold in the hills.
  • The manic phases and crazed binges are all behind you.
  • But a traveler half-crazed by thirst could go fatally astray while pursuing such a vision.
  • The crazed animal only had one brain loop operating at that moment.
  • In the midst of a hectic and crazed day, a few moments of taking care of yourself can be calming.
  • They filled my comments sections with crazed invective.
  • She found something saintly and crazed in his undertaking, an element of self-denial, an element of penance.
  • One conspicuous example of this trend is sports-crazed parents bent on making champions of their children.
  • In their own country, however, these seemingly crazed bankers behaved with restraint.
  • He went to a local bar, but he was so crazed that the bartender refused to serve him.
British Dictionary definitions for crazed

crazed

/kreɪzd/
adjective
1.
driven insane
2.
(of porcelain or pottery) having a fine network of cracks in the glaze

craze

/kreɪz/
noun
1.
a short-lived current fashion
2.
a wild or exaggerated enthusiasm: a craze for chestnuts
3.
mental disturbance; insanity
verb
4.
to make or become mad
5.
(ceramics, metallurgy) to develop or cause to develop a fine network of cracks
6.
(transitive) (Brit, archaic or dialect) to break
7.
(transitive) (archaic) to weaken
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: to break, shatter): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish krasa to shatter, ultimately of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for crazed

craze

v.

mid-14c., crasen, craisen "to shatter," probably Germanic and perhaps ultimately from a Scandinavian source (e.g. Old Norse *krasa "shatter"), but entering English via an Old French form (cf. Modern French écraser). Original sense preserved in crazy quilt pattern and in reference to pottery glazing (1832). Mental sense perhaps comes via transferred sense of "be diseased or deformed" (mid-15c.), or it might be an image. Related: Crazed; crazing.

n.

late 15c., "break down in health," from craze (v.) in its Middle English sense; this led to a noun sense of "mental breakdown," and by 1813 to the extension to "mania, fad," or, as The Century Dictionary (1902) defines it, "An unreasoning or capricious liking or affectation of liking, more or less sudden and temporary, and usually shared by a number of persons, especially in society, for something particular, uncommon, peculiar, or curious ...."

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