Definition of madness in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmadnəs/


1The state of being mentally ill, especially severely.
Example sentences
  • In any case, my mental state bordered on madness, and twenty-four hours of Paris sufficed to restore me to my equilibrium.
  • You teeter on the brink of more serious madness, perhaps as a result of frequent exposure to morbid imagery and bizarre literature.
  • Dorothy tells us that what is called madness is really immense mental distress, inability to cope.
insanity, mental illness, dementia, derangement;
lunacy, instability;
mania, psychosis
informal craziness
1.1Extremely foolish behavior: it is madness to allow children to roam around after dark
More example sentences
  • I've long since given up on attempting to predict the behavior and madness of crowds.
  • The duo have been entertaining audiences all over the world for more than a decade with their musical madness and bizarre antics.
  • To introduce this sentiment into modern society would be madness.
folly, foolishness, idiocy, stupidity, insanity, lunacy, silliness
informal craziness
1.2A state of frenzied or chaotic activity: from about midnight to three in the morning it’s absolute madness in here
More example sentences
  • Twenty minutes after the final out, I'm standing on the field in the midst of absolute madness.
  • He is absolutely correct, there is total madness and mayhem on the roads in Bradford.
  • So for madness and mayhem, fun and fanfare, chalk it down, it's Hulla-baloo for Waterford.
bedlam, mayhem, chaos, pandemonium, craziness, uproar, turmoil, disorder, all hell broken loose, (three-ring) circus

Words that rhyme with madness

badness, sadness

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Syllabification: mad·ness

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