Definition of madding in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmadɪŋ/


1Acting madly; frenzied: observe the madding motion of his eyes
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  • In the case of the 3G auctions, the mania induced them to jump in with the madding crowd and ignore risk-averse, time tested investment disciplines.
  • During the madding pace of the night, Father De La Cruz managed to slip into the hotel unnoticed.
  • Locations vary from those bang in the centre of towns, to rural retreats far from the madding office.
2Maddening: o thou cruel of heart, thou madding worker of anguish
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  • Really, one must either laugh or cry or run far from this madding mess.
  • Because her poems are not strained or contrived they are devoid of the madding pursuit of the intellect or craft, which kills many of our modern poets and their poetry.


far from the madding crowd

Used in reference to a private or secluded place: set out for the picturesque rural resort and spend a day or two far from the madding crowd
From Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard, by the English poet Thomas Gray (1716–71); also the title of one of Thomas Hardy's novels
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  • But for six weeks prior to the race, they'd secluded themselves, far from the madding crowd, to train in southern Tasmania.
  • This is a sport llama - a creature descended from noble Chilean stock that shuns affection: it is happiest standing alone on a windswept rocky outcrop on the roof of the world, far from the madding crowd.
  • Islay really is far from the madding crowd, but thousands of visitors do arrive between October and April, when flocks of migrating black and white Barnacle geese stop off at the RSPB nature reserve on Loch Gruinart.

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