Definition of madhouse in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmadhaʊs/


1 historical An institution for the care of mentally ill people.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
bedlam, mayhem, babel, chaos, pandemonium, uproar, turmoil, wild disarray, scene of confusion, disorder, hurly-burly, tumult, jumble, pell-mell, hullabaloo, hubbub, whirlwind, maelstrom, madness, all hell broken loose;
North American  three-ring circus
British informal car crash

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