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madden Syllabification: mad·den

Definition of madden in English:


[with object]
1Make (someone) extremely irritated or annoyed: the audacity of the convicts maddened the governor
More example sentences
  • The more complicated your life gets, the more people you interact with on a daily basis, the more incidents occur that can irritate, annoy, incense, madden, infuriate and enrage.
  • We all need the sustenance of classic and art films that madden, provoke, disturb and challenge us - at least until they come out with the Star Wars II DVD.
  • I will be in DC that day, or I would probably show up and sulk, maddened there were no women on the panel and annoyed at myself for caring.
incense, anger, enrage, provoke, upset, agitate, vex, irk, make someone's hackles rise, make someone see red
informalaggravate, make someone's blood boil, make livid, get someone's goat, get someone's back up, tee off, tick off, steam someone up
1.1 (often as adjective maddened) Drive (someone) insane: a maddened crowd
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  • JunoFest organizers have been busy like honey maddened bees labouring to bring you, faithful reader, the music you deserve.
  • Everything appears brazen and hard and mighty, suggestive of Angelo's own throbbing spirit and maddened soul.
  • Living in that vile woman's grasp, it was like being watched by a vigilant, maddened cat, always with the claws out, ready to pounce on us.
drive mad, drive insane, derange, unhinge, unbalance
informaldrive round/around the bend

Words that rhyme with madden

Abaddon, gladden, gladdon, Ibadan, sadden

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