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Meaning & Definition of Madness in English

English

Madness

/mædnəs/

noun

1. Obsolete terms for legal insanity

    synonym:
  • lunacy
  • ,
  • madness
  • ,
  • insaneness

2. An acute viral disease of the nervous system of warm-blooded animals (usually transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal)

  • Rabies is fatal if the virus reaches the brain
    synonym:
  • rabies
  • ,
  • hydrophobia
  • ,
  • lyssa
  • ,
  • madness

3. A feeling of intense anger

  • "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned"
  • "His face turned red with rage"
    synonym:
  • fury
  • ,
  • rage
  • ,
  • madness

4. The quality of being rash and foolish

  • "Trying to drive through a blizzard is the height of folly"
  • "Adjusting to an insane society is total foolishness"
    synonym:
  • folly
  • ,
  • foolishness
  • ,
  • craziness
  • ,
  • madness

5. Unrestrained excitement or enthusiasm

  • "Poetry is a sort of divine madness"
    synonym:
  • madness
  • ,
  • rabidity
  • ,
  • rabidness

Examples of using

And I give my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I have known that even this is vexation of spirit; for, in abundance of wisdom is abundance of sadness, and he who addeth knowledge addeth pain.
I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also was a chasing after wind. For in much wisdom is much grief; and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
This is madness.