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[mad-man, -muh n] /ˈmædˌmæn, -mən/
noun, plural madmen
[mad-men, -muh n] /ˈmædˌmɛn, -mən/ (Show IPA)
a person who is or behaves as if insane; lunatic; maniac.
Origin of madman
1300-50; Middle English madd man. See mad, man1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for madman
  • Even a month with a self-appointed madman can make everyone else slightly insane.
  • And now that land has become a madman's torture chamber.
  • The madman's loss of reason reflects the terror of a loss of order or community in the fragile, tentative little society itself.
  • In the hand of a carpenter a hammer can build a house, and in the hand of a madman it can stave in a skull.
  • Many were senseless-the work of a madman or of someone with a private grievance.
  • He is a fool that praises himself and a madman that speaks ill of himself.
  • Those who don't forward it are quickly dispatched by the anonymous muscle-bound madman, who kills them using chains.
  • The vacation becomes a fight for survival when they are stalked by a madman and another seeking revenge.
  • He undertakes the penetration of an island fortress ruled by a madman who cultivates a grisly garden of deadly delights.
British Dictionary definitions for madman


noun (pl) -men
a man who is insane, esp one who behaves violently; lunatic
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Word Origin and History for madman

early 14c., mad man, from mad (adj.) + man (n.). One-word form attested from c.1400, prevalent from 16c.

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