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[mad-n] /ˈmæd n/
verb (used with object)
to anger or infuriate:
The delays maddened her.
to make insane.
verb (used without object)
to become mad; act as if mad; rage.
Origin of madden
1725-35; mad + -en1
Related forms
unmaddened, adjective
1. provoke, enrage, anger, inflame; exasperate, irritate, vex, annoy.
1. calm, mollify. Unabridged
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  • madden looked at him keenly, making a swift appraisal which had in it something of the nature of a readjustment.

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  • American curiosity almost prevented madden from working at all.

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  • madden looked with anxious eyes for Caradoc, but did not see him.

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  • This last bit of impudence fairly clanged on madden's temper.

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  • The constancy of his companions braced madden like a dash of ice water.

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British Dictionary definitions for madden


to make or become mad or angry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for madden

"to drive to distraction," 1822; earlier "to be mad" (1735), from mad (adj.) + -en (1). Related: Maddened; maddening. The earlier verb was simply mad (early 14c., intransitive; late 14c., transitive), from the adjective.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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