One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘today madness is called mental illness’
insanity, insaneness, dementia, mental illness, derangement, dementedness, instability, unsoundness of mind, lunacy, distraction, depression, mania, hysteria, frenzy, psychosis, psychopathy, schizophrenia, hydrophobia
North American informal meshugaas
NZ Australian informal dingbats
rare moon-madness, cynanthropy, deliration, lycanthropy, zoanthropy
2‘it would be madness to do otherwise’
folly, foolishness, stupidity, insanity, lunacy, midsummer madness, foolhardiness, idiocy, imprudence, irrationality, unreasonableness, illogicality, senselessness, nonsense, nonsensicalness, absurdness, absurdity, silliness, inanity, ludicrousness, wildness, preposterousness
British informal daftness
common sense, good sense
3‘it's absolute madness in here’
bedlam, mayhem, chaos, pandemonium, babel, uproar, turmoil, wild disarray, disorder, hurly-burly
scene of confusion, madhouse, tumult, jumble, pell-mell, hullabaloo, hubbub, whirlwind, maelstrom, all hell broken loose
North American informal three-ring circus
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