madness

Definitions

  • "The other passengers thought him mad."
    "The other passengers thought him mad."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n madness unrestrained excitement or enthusiasm "poetry is a sort of divine madness"
    • n madness the quality of being rash and foolish "trying to drive through a blizzard is the height of folly","adjusting to an insane society is total foolishness"
    • n madness a feeling of intense anger "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned","his face turned red with rage"
    • n madness an acute viral disease of the nervous system of warm-blooded animals (usually transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal); rabies is fatal if the virus reaches the brain
    • n madness obsolete terms for legal insanity
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The Fifth of November anticipated in Quite Mad-eira The Fifth of November anticipated in Quite Mad-eira

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The artist Vincent Van Gogh sliced part of his ear off in madness
    • Madness Extreme folly.
    • Madness Frenzy; ungovernable rage.
    • Madness The condition of being mad; insanity; lunacy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every queen named Jane has either been murdered, imprisoned, gone mad, died young, or been dethroned.
    • n madness The state of being mad or distracted; insanity; lunacy.
    • n madness Headstrong passion or rashness; ungovernable fury or rage; extreme folly.
    • n madness Synonyms Frenzy, Mania, etc. See insanity.
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Quotations

  • Horace
    Horace
    “Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “Anger is short madness”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “The man is either mad, or he is making verses.”
  • Christopher Morley
    Christopher%20Morley
    “The courage of the poets is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.”
  • Akiro Kurosawa
    Akiro Kurosawa
    “In a mad world, only the mad are sane.”
  • George Santayana
    George%20Santayana
    “Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled.”

Idioms

As mad as a hatter - This simile means that someone is crazy or behaves very strangely. In the past many people who made hats went insane because they had a lot of contact with mercury.
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As mad as a wrongly shot hog - (USA) If someone is as mad as a wrongly shot hog, they are very angry. (Same as, Angry as a bear or Angry as a bull).
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Hopping mad - If you're hopping mad, you are extremely angry.
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Mad as a badger - If someone is as mad as a badger, they are crazy.
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Mad as a bag of hammers - Someone who is as mad as a bag of hammers is crazy or stupid. ('Daft as a bag of hammers' is also used.)
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Mad as a cut snake - (AU) One who is mad as a cut snake has lost all sense of reason, is crazy, out of control.
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Mad as a hornet - (USA) If someone is as mad as a hornet, they are very angry indeed.
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Mad as a March hare - Someone who is excitable and unpredictable is as mad as a March hare.
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Mad as a wet hen - If someone is as mad as a wet hen, they are extremely angry.
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Method in his madness - If there's method in someone's madness, they do things in a strange and unorthodox way, but manage to get results.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Mad (a.)

Usage

In literature:

Never yet may the daughter of Tyndarus have arrived at such madness.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
So modern Rationalism had a stern fight with Andrew, struggling with the madness of the Kelt, the dourness of the Puritan.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
It's utter madness of them to think of this; but mad they are.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
And when a man is mad with anger or revenge, what does he care for anything?
"Macleod of Dare" by William Black
It is you who have gone mad, I think.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
At first he was no more mad than I am; but he did get occasionally mad afterwards.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
It had been said that the mad duke and his son were somewhere on the Continent.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
What form of midsummer madness lay ahead of him depended now upon the hairtrigger of impulse.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
He was mad, he knew he was mad; it had come at last, this loosing of reason.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
He's whizzin' off like mad toward the Sherrill place, with his motor a-hummin' an' a-purrin' like a cat.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
If you persist in your course you will be struck down by the Madagascar madness.
"The Master Mystery" by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
She watched the two, that seemed welded into one, go racing madly against fatigue.
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
He thinks that because the moon is said to drive men mad, he may drive his wife mad.
"Orthodoxy" by G. K. Chesterton
Then is when I went mad and attacked you.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
Because I want to see you mad, Rookie, humanly mad.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
Mad herself, she believed the mad woman's story in order to ruin her.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
Madness and selfishness were the cause of Louisa Naveret's death, and the man who was mad and selfish was her lover.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
As I am not particularly inclined to the society of mad men or mad women, you will excuse me if I withdraw.
"A Mad Love" by Bertha M. Clay
She has been very mad and wicked, but she is very, very penitent.
"A Monk of Cruta" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
I have sinned in leading them on so madly; they have sinned in loving me so madly!
"God Wills It!" by William Stearns Davis
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In poetry:

But when the dust came whirling to his feet--
When the mad throng drew near--
Blind Bartimeus rose, and from his lips
A cry rang loud and clear--
"The Miracle" by Virna Sheard
How Godfrey led his red-cross knights,
How mad Orlando slash'd and slew;
There's not a single bard that writes
But doth the glorious theme renew.
"The Chronicle Of The Drum" by William Makepeace Thackeray
An' whaever gangs by at the stroke o' twal',
Whatever his yerran' may be,
He canna but stop when he hears the soun',
An' dance as if mad wi' glee.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
While slow she pac'd the lone church-yard,
With pity's accents, soft and sad,
We strove to win her fix'd regard,
But vainly strove, for Ann was mad!
"Bertram And Anna" by Thomas Gent
He that had held her by the hair,
With kissing lips blinding her eyes,
Felt her bright bosom, strained and bare,
Sigh under him, with short mad cries.
"The Leper" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
GUY saw her, and loved her, with reason,
For beauty so bright
Sent him mad with delight;
He purchased a stall for the season,
And sat in it every night.
"Sir Guy the Crusader" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

First comes love and then madness.
1921-1970, the Ghost of Madness.
If your last mad dash through Disneyland left you feeling depleted, maybe it's time to re-conceptualize the whole vacation thing.
Cambridge University Bond Issues Highlights Madness of Moody's Sovereign Ratings Methods.
This was the case with one Florida couple, and when his girlfriend accidentally broke his, he got more than a little mad.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Book Collection.
Denzel's In- Flight Boozing Leaves Busch Hopping Mad.
Blogs Mad Cow Disease is Back — Should You Hold the Beef.
Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser of "Mad Men" go public with their none-too-secret romance on the red carpet at the Bowery .
Mad Men Costume Designer Janie Bryant Can't Live Without Her Skinny Jeans.
Passover, March Madness and More.
Cory Doctorow 's new novel Pirate Cinema is set in a world where copyright enforcement has gone mad.
Check out the mad jump roping skills on Geronimo.
'Mad Men' Actor Rich Sommer: 'Harry's Not a Douchebag '.
When men or women go mad, they sometimes cast their madness into religious unrealities.
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In science:

We used Mads Haahr’s True Random Number Service web site as a source of ”true” random numbers.
Probability distribution of distances between local extrema of random number series
The number of MAD (Multiply and Add) operations can vary, depending on how the compiler processes the source code.
Accelerating numerical solution of Stochastic Differential Equations with CUDA
In order to finish the classification of the fine gradings of so8 (F) up to equivalence, note that if M is a MAD in Aut so8 (F), Theorem 6.6 shows that either the associated grading is one of the 15 gradings in Example 3.22, or one of the three fine gradings in Theorem 6.7.
Fine gradings on simple classical Lie algebras
FIG. 7: Atoms: mean deviation (MD), mean absolute deviation (MAD), and root mean squared deviation (RMS) of LSD, HF, PZ, αNK, and αNK0 atomic differential electron removal energies (a) AN −1 and (b) IN relative to experiment for the elements of the five first periods.
Koopmans' condition for density-functional theory
Mean deviations (MD), mean absolute deviations (MAD), and root mean squared deviations of the error (RMS) in absolute and relative terms are also reported.
Koopmans' condition for density-functional theory
FIG. 13: Molecular geometries: LSD, HF, PZ, and αNK mean deviations (MD), mean absolute deviations (MAD), and root mean squared deviations of the error (RMS) with respect to experiment of the predicted bond lengths for the 17 molecules listed in Table I.
Koopmans' condition for density-functional theory
Relative mean absolute deviations (MAD) with respect to experimental photoionization results are also reported.
Koopmans' condition for density-functional theory
Relative mean absolute deviations (MAD) with respect to experimental photoionization results are also reported.
Koopmans' condition for density-functional theory
By we have that Mad coincides with the variety Xλ whenever λ is a regular dominant weight, so that M is the normalization of Mad in k(G).
Normality and smoothness of simple linear group compactifications
For simplicity of notation, we will suppress q in Mad J ,q in the paper when the truncation order q is not emphasized.
A hybrid HDMR for mixed multiscale finite element method with application for flows in random porous media
Mad has a linear structure at ¯u(·), i.e., it contains all elements in the Fattorini did (c.f. form δ ¯u(·) + α(δu(·) − δ ¯u(·) ) (α ∈ [0, 1]).
Second-Order Necessary/Sufficient Conditions for Optimal Control Problems in the Absence of Linear Structure
It can be proved easily that δ ¯u(·) is a minimizer of J (σ(·)) over Mad .
Second-Order Necessary/Sufficient Conditions for Optimal Control Problems in the Absence of Linear Structure
Then δ ¯u(·) is a minimizer of J (σ(·)) over Mad .
Second-Order Necessary/Sufficient Conditions for Optimal Control Problems in the Absence of Linear Structure
In this section, the accuracy of the reconstruction of the photometric redshifts will be expressed by the robust estimates of the scattering of the variable ∆z = zphot−zspec , evaluated through its median absolute deviation (hereafter MAD).
Astroinformatics of galaxies and quasars: a new general method for photometric redshifts estimation
The global MAD of the ∆z variable of this experiment is 0.017.
Astroinformatics of galaxies and quasars: a new general method for photometric redshifts estimation
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