Definition of Madness

1. Noun. Obsolete terms for legal insanity.

Exact synonyms: Insaneness, Lunacy
Generic synonyms: Insanity
Derivative terms: Insane, Lunatic, Mad



2. Noun. 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.
Exact synonyms: Hydrophobia, Lyssa, Rabies
Generic synonyms: Zoonosis, Zoonotic Disease

3. Noun. A feeling of intense anger. "His face turned red with rage"
Exact synonyms: Fury, Rage
Generic synonyms: Anger, Choler, Ire
Specialized synonyms: Wrath, Lividity
Derivative terms: Furious, Infuriate, Mad, Rage, Rage

4. Noun. The quality of being rash and foolish. "Adjusting to an insane society is total foolishness"
Exact synonyms: Craziness, Folly, Foolishness
Generic synonyms: Stupidity
Derivative terms: Crazy, Foolish, Mad

5. Noun. Unrestrained excitement or enthusiasm. "Poetry is a sort of divine madness"
Exact synonyms: Rabidity, Rabidness
Generic synonyms: Ebullience, Enthusiasm, Exuberance
Derivative terms: Mad, Rabid, Rabid

Definition of Madness

1. n. The condition of being mad; insanity; lunacy.

Definition of Madness

1. Noun. The state of being mad; insanity; mental disease. ¹

2. Noun. rash folly ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Madness

1. the state of being mad [n -ES]

Medical Definition of Madness

1. 1. The condition of being mad; insanity; lunacy. 2. Frenzy; ungovernable rage; extreme folly. Synonym: Insanity, distraction, derangement, craziness, lunacy, mania, frenzy, franticness, rage, aberration, alienation, monomania. See Insanity. Origin: From Mad. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Madness

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1. The Anatomy of Melancholy: What it Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptoms by Robert Burton (1847)
"... and their madness shall be evident," 2 Tim. iii. 9. ' was a madman that said it, and thou peradventure as mad to read it. ..."

2. A Library of American Literature from the Earliest Settlement to the Present by Arthur Stedman, Edmund Clarence Stedman (1894)
"But the poet speaks his own meaning through Hamlet's mouth, when he makes the Prince assure his mother " It is not madness." The madness is but simulated. ..."

3. History of the Rise and Fall of the Slave Power in America by Henry Wilson (1875)
"DURING the closing days of the rule of the Slave Power in America madness seemed to rule in the counsels of the Southern leaders. ..."

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