madhouse

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n madhouse pejorative terms for an insane asylum
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Madhouse A chaotic, raucus or highly disordered situation.
    • Madhouse An house or institution where insane persons are confined; an insane asylum; a bedlam; -- usually used in a deprecatory sense.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n madhouse A house where insane persons are confined for cure or for restraint; a lunatic asylum; a bedlam.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Madhouse a house for mad persons: a lunatic asylum
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Quotations

  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ge-mǽd; Old Sax. ge-méd, foolish, Ice. meidd-r, hurt.

Usage

In literature:

Is it the madhouse or the ground?
"The House Under the Sea" by Sir Max Pemberton
I thought =he= was in a madhouse.
"Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)" by Frank Wedekind
The point of view can turn three walls and a door into a madhouse.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
A lunatic escaped from a madhouse could not have been more foolish.
"The Cariboo Trail" by Agnes C. Laut
About these hardier stems twine the hospital, the cemetery, the madhouse, the morgue.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
You should, then, propose a madhouse for my cure.
"The Fortunate Mistress (Parts 1 and 2)" by Daniel Defoe
It's a madhouse over at headquarters, sir.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
Try it, and see how quickly they would lock you up in a madhouse.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
How could he speak the thought in his mind, of the mother of the victim in a madhouse?
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Anything to escape from so hideous a madhouse.
"The Cartels Jungle" by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
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In poetry:

Out then her little foot held she,
As to depart with speed;
The madhouse man smiled pleasantly
To see the wile succeed.
"The Satin Shoes" by Thomas Hardy
She mounted with a face elate,
Shut was the carriage door;
They drove her to the madhouse gate,
And she was seen no more….
"The Satin Shoes" by Thomas Hardy
She strove with them, and fearfully ran
Stairward with one low scream:
'Nay — coax her,' said the madhouse man,
'With some old household theme.'
"The Satin Shoes" by Thomas Hardy
The children romp within the graveyard's pale;
The lark sings o'er a madhouse, or a gaol;--
Such nice antitheses of perfect poise
Chance in her curious rhetoric employs.
"Epigrams" by William Watson
In a madhouse heard I an ancient man
tube-fed who had not said for fifteen years
(they said) one canny word,
senile forever, who a heart might pierce,
mutter 'O come on down. O come on down.'
Clear whom he meant.
"Dream Song 21: Some good people, daring & subtle voices" by John Berryman

In news:

The Morning Madhouse's blog postings.
I quickly learned that weekend dirt biking , where campers mix with day-trekkers, is a complete madhouse: Everybody rages along, showcasing the decibel level of their various vehicles.
The weigh-in, as an event, was a midtown madhouse.
A madhouse in the summer, right now it's all townies.
Take a group of local actors, give them a Pulitzer Prize winning script about characters who live in a delightful madhouse and you have an entertaining evening on stage provided by Sikeston Little Theatre .
Beacher's Madhouse Brings Vaudeville to the LA Club Scene.
Welcome to the Madhouse .
Vino Brings First View of Wine Madhouse Terroir.
Madhouse at Bayside Hut.
Daisy's Madhouse Wades in Politics.
Anthrax's ' Madhouse ' vs Overkill's 'Hello From the Gutter' – The Metal Meltdown.
New hunt opener means the madhouse just got crazier.
Like a Rocket to Play Benefit for Daisy's Madhouse .
In a video obtained by The Daily, the 19-year-old singer made a starling announcement when she addressed pals during her birthday bash at Beacher's Madhouse inside L.A.'s Roosevelt Hotel Tuesday.
A Manga Entertainment (in U.S.)/Tohokushinsha Film Corp. (in Japan) release of a Madhouse, Gastonia production.
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