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[mad-nis] /ˈmæd nɪs/
the state of being mad; insanity.
senseless folly:
It is sheer madness to speak as you do.
frenzy; rage.
intense excitement or enthusiasm.
Origin of madness
1350-1400; Middle English madnesse. See mad, -ness
Related forms
premadness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for madness
  • Far from cozy, the painting suggests the violence and even madness that often simmers beneath the surface of daily life.
  • In the current market, giving up a tenured or tenure track job is madness.
  • But thereof come in the end despondency and madness.
  • Stop already, making impossible or often harmful role-models, leading to this madness.
  • In higher poverty areas it is madness to make oneself a target by having too much.
  • It would be absolute madness to suppose scientist are conflict of interest free.
  • It's reef madness in this colorful gallery of coral formations.
  • Investors--the people who bought the mortgage backed securities--participated in much the same madness.
  • However, this particular cut in the budget is madness.
  • It would be madness if it were anything less than that.
British Dictionary definitions for madness


insanity; lunacy
extreme anger, excitement, or foolishness
a nontechnical word for rabies
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Word Origin and History for madness

late 14c., "insanity, dementia; rash or irrational conduct," from mad (adj.) + -ness. Sense of "foolishness" is from early 15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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madness in Medicine

madness mad·ness (mād'nĭs)
The quality or condition of being insane.

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madness in the Bible

This word is used in its proper sense in Deut. 28:34, John 10:20, 1 Cor. 14:23. It also denotes a reckless state of mind arising from various causes, as over-study (Eccl. 1:17; 2:12), blind rage (Luke 6:11), or a depraved temper (Eccl. 7:25; 9:3; 2 Pet. 2:16). David feigned madness (1 Sam. 21:13) at Gath because he "was sore afraid of Achish."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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