Definition of madness in English:

madness

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The state of having a serious mental illness.

    ‘in his madness he destroyed the work of years’
    • ‘In a sense can one culture's madness be seen as another culture's eccentricity or even quaintness?’
    • ‘Reasons for divorce are often infertility, adultery, unreasonable behaviour, and madness.’
    • ‘The madness of King George III attracted considerable attention and led to calls for more humane forms of treatment.’
    • ‘The mere fact that I had even considered taking on this analysis already seemed to be a sign of madness.’
    • ‘At times the disturbance was so severe as to bring him to the edge of madness.’
    • ‘What you are talking about is unusual behaviour, not madness.’
    • ‘Some people think fragmentation is unhealthy or it's schizophrenia or madness.’
    • ‘Anorexia itself seems like mad behaviour, but I don't think it is madness.’
    • ‘Since then, Spector has been a virtual recluse, dogged by rumours of mania and madness.’
    • ‘There's something about this place that breeds great madness and insanity.’
    • ‘Paranoia mushroomed into madness for Nash and eventually he was diagnosed as schizophrenic.’
    • ‘Something had to occupy him, or the thoughts of Cathryn would lead him to madness.’
    • ‘Separating him from society, his highly personal vision ultimately leads him to madness.’
    • ‘Weighing over 250 lb, he was on the brink of madness following years of self-abuse.’
    • ‘Many claim the split was due to Evatt's paranoia, power hunger or just plain madness.’
    • ‘You teeter on the brink of more serious madness, perhaps as a result of frequent exposure to morbid imagery and bizarre literature.’
    • ‘The link between creativity, brilliance and madness has long fascinated us, but is there any basis to it?’
    • ‘Psychiatry has provided fertile soil for endless theories about distress and madness.’
    • ‘In any case, my mental state bordered on madness, and twenty-four hours of Paris sufficed to restore me to my equilibrium.’
    • ‘Dorothy tells us that what is called madness is really immense mental distress, inability to cope.’
    insanity, insaneness, dementia, mental illness, derangement, dementedness, instability, unsoundness of mind, lunacy, distraction, depression, mania, hysteria, frenzy, psychosis, psychopathy, schizophrenia, hydrophobia
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    1. 1.1Extremely foolish behaviour.
      ‘it is madness to allow children to roam around after dark’
      [count noun] ‘the new laws are a madness’
      • ‘It was absolute madness, yet at the same time, it seemed like such an irresistible notion.’
      • ‘I would have pure madness to contend with and no guide-lines for appropriate behavior.’
      • ‘I've long since given up on attempting to predict the behavior and madness of crowds.’
      • ‘I felt that to enter the wreck below decks at this depth would be madness, even though interesting brass items shone below me in my torchlight.’
      • ‘This hilarious night of comedy and madness would also make a perfect Christmas party night.’
      • ‘Judge Tom O'Donnell said that for Dunne to walk into a bar even with a toy gun was an act of absolute and utter madness.’
      • ‘He wanted to stop this madness, prevent these kids from getting into serious trouble.’
      • ‘This is plain and simple madness and the people behind it have real influence.’
      • ‘How do you tell where legitimate protest, in a sensible cause, shades into madness?’
      • ‘It seems that folly knows no nationality, and ‘the madness of crowds’ is universal.’
      • ‘The duo have been entertaining audiences all over the world for more than a decade with their musical madness and bizarre antics.’
      • ‘Given the madness and, some say, the sheer stupidity of the event, the number of fatalities is quite low.’
      • ‘To introduce this sentiment into modern society would be madness.’
    2. 1.2A state of wild or chaotic activity.
      ‘at midnight it's absolute madness in here’
      • ‘How come Jack McConnell greeted all the madness and mayhem of Wednesday's debate on the Licensing Bill with the widest of smiles?’
      • ‘I know I have asked this question before but why is this kind of madness allowed to continue?’
      • ‘They will then make their way to the Peoples' Park for maritime madness and mayhem.’
      • ‘Chaotic dogfights appeared and disappeared in the madness of the battle, as either attacker or defender was killed.’
      • ‘It was meant to be a low-key opportunity to stay with Rob, indulge in a little low-key madness and see a few old friends.’
      • ‘Midsummer madness is upon us as Manchester United are linked with every footballer capable of standing on one foot and swinging the other.’
      • ‘The funny climax, shot against the picturesque sand dunes of Dubai, is a mix of madness and mayhem.’
      • ‘The foxy showbiz legend Basil Brush is back for more madness and mayhem and Cavegirl returns with more prehistoric comedy and adventure.’
      • ‘In all the chaos and madness, his full attention was focused on the road ahead and the path to freedom.’
      • ‘But for this week the mayhem and madness continues in the toy stores of Sligo.’
      • ‘So for madness and mayhem, fun and fanfare, chalk it down, it's Hulla-baloo for Waterford.’
      • ‘That craziest part about it was that for a moment after she'd said it, he had actually contemplated madness and mayhem.’
      • ‘There's lots of women and kids at Napoli, but there's also this atmosphere of chaos and madness too.’
      • ‘Surveying a nation's press during the four weeks of World Cup-induced madness is an exercise in extremes.’
      • ‘Now the twin madnesses of the Marathon and the Boat Race are over I have started going back to the gym for some exercise.’
      • ‘My husband leaves a haven of rest and order to come home to mayhem and madness.’
      • ‘Twenty minutes after the final out, I'm standing on the field in the midst of absolute madness.’
      • ‘Then there is New Year, which is mayhem and madness of fireworks, and is not even Thai New Year!’
      • ‘He is absolutely correct, there is total madness and mayhem on the roads in Bradford.’
      • ‘There are many Liverpool fans who will have spent the last week laughing uproariously at the madness of it all.’

Pronunciation:

madness

/ˈmadnəs/