Definition of Gadarene in US English:



  • Involving or engaged in a headlong or potentially disastrous rush to do something.

    • ‘As we report today, and as we have consistently argued throughout this Gadarene rush towards war, there has to be a justification for any attack.’
    • ‘It was a Gadarene rush of highly-educated CEOs and Harvard MBAs.’
    • ‘If the Government is to persist in this ill conceived Gadarene stratagem, how about a mission statement to complement it, such as ‘flirt with the feckless and woo the worthless.’’
    • ‘I imagine that Gadarene parents used the demoniac to scare their children into obedience like we do the boogeyman.’
    • ‘For the record, it was the Tories who started this Gadarene stampede, although they at least have the grace to repent of it now.’
    • ‘Although we have seen that we can dismiss a Gadarene school hypothesis, this does not necessarily preclude the development of a local satiric outlook.’
    • ‘We are being joined in the Gadarene rush by none other than the Commission on Social Justice.’
    • ‘A significant, perhaps indeed the most significant, factor in the Gadarene rush to war in 1914 was the rigidity that these mobilization imperatives introduced into both diplomatic and military calculations.’


Early 19th century: from New Testament Greek Gadarēnos ‘inhabitant of Gadara’, with reference to the story of the swine that rushed down a steep cliff into the sea (Matt. 8:28–32).