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maddening

[mad-n-ing] /ˈmæd n ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
driving to madness or frenzy:
a maddening thirst.
2.
infuriating or exasperating:
his maddening indifference to my pleas.
3.
raging; furious:
a maddening wind.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; madden + -ing2
Related forms
maddeningly, adverb
maddeningness, noun

madden

[mad-n] /ˈmæd n/
verb (used with object)
1.
to anger or infuriate:
The delays maddened her.
2.
to make insane.
verb (used without object)
3.
to become mad; act as if mad; rage.
Origin
1725-35; mad + -en1
Related forms
unmaddened, adjective
Synonyms
1. provoke, enrage, anger, inflame; exasperate, irritate, vex, annoy.
Antonyms
1. calm, mollify.
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Examples for maddening
  • In its maddening dash through the swirling dust the machine takes on the attributes of a sentient thing.
  • The idea that creativity needs to be justified on any level is maddening.
  • We all know the maddening experience of not being able to think of a certain word that is undoubtedly in our repertoire.
  • It's maddening the havoc they wreak not only on the player's account but also to the rest of the guild.
  • The main problem with probability theory is that the logic is completely maddening.
  • So it's a bit maddening to be unable to find good pictures of these.
  • Most maddening of all is that there doesn't always seem to any good reason for the congestion.
  • Even the people who resist change are usually unhappy with the way things are, so their recalcitrance is doubly maddening.
  • Ill-focused and superfluous meetings can be maddening, wasting our time and interrupting the flow of our day.
  • The lack of immediacy in communication is maddening.
British Dictionary definitions for maddening

madden

/ˈmædən/
verb
1.
to make or become mad or angry

maddening

/ˈmædənɪŋ/
adjective
1.
serving to send mad
2.
extremely annoying; exasperating
Derived Forms
maddeningly, adverb
maddeningness, noun
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Word Origin and History for maddening
adj.

1743, from present participle of madden. Related: Maddeningly.

madden

v.

"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.

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