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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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  • Had I told the story to my new Colonel, I should mayhap only have been scouted as a liar or a madman.

    The Argosy Various
  • The madman threw out his arms in a passionate longing for revenge.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Yes, it must be a dream, since certainly it was to no madman that I was wed last night.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • But of a truth the aspect of the madman now was more terrible than before.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • As for me, in the midst of this horror and sadness, I feel like a madman in the night.

    Paris under the Commune John Leighton
British Dictionary definitions for madman


noun (pl) -men
a man who is insane, esp one who behaves violently; lunatic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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