- 1The state of being seriously mentally ill; madness: he suffered from bouts of insanityMore example sentences
- In practice, the effect of this strict approach has not been greatly to swell the numbers of people pleading insanity.
- There's something about this place that breeds great madness and insanity.
- The trial judge ruled that this was a defence of insanity, whereupon she pleaded guilty and appealed.
- 1.1Extreme foolishness or irrationality: it might be pure insanity to take this loan [count noun]: the insanities of our timeMore example sentences
- But the show does capture the various insanities and absurdities of his life, and is filled with clips of his more outrageous outfits.
- Sarcasm raises its ugly head between all your sacred rites and ceremonies, but you cling on to your methodical insanities.
- Yet, one has to wonder how National, despite the multitude of Labour insanities, only leads by one point.
late 16th century: from Latin insanitas, from insanus (see insane).