1 historical An institution for the care of mentally ill people.
- As for Van Gogh, he was confined in a madhouse for one reason; he was a madman.
- Written at the request of his father, the work focused on the abuses common in the madhouses of the time, and gave direction to the urgent need for reform.
- One half of Customers and Patrons constitutes a transcription (with detailed annotation) of a case book of Dr John Monro, the physician to the Bethlem Asylum and the proprietor of several madhouses in the London region.
1.1 informal A psychiatric hospital.
- The patients were held to basic standards of decent behavior and made to do chores in an environment more like a disciplined summer camp (or a well-run college group home) than a madhouse or hospital.
- Inside, it smelled more like a madhouse than a clinic.
- Agustín says he is leaving the madhouse for criminal lunatics before he becomes crazy too.
1.2 [in singular] informal A scene of extreme confusion or uproar: this place is a madhouse
More example sentences
- You will work with Japanese teachers at your schools and the locations vary from extremely rural to the madhouse that is Tokyo.
- The office of the Ayurveda Congress is a madhouse of activity.
- The place is a madhouse and colorful beyond description.
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