• "The other passengers thought him mad."
    "The other passengers thought him mad."
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Madding Affected with madness; raging; furious. "Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife.""The madding wheels
      Of brazen chariots raged."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The artist Vincent Van Gogh sliced part of his ear off in madness
    • n madding Madness; folly; a vagary; a wild freak or prank.
    • madding Becoming mad; acting madly; distracted; raging; furious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every queen named Jane has either been murdered, imprisoned, gone mad, died young, or been dethroned.
    • adj Madding distracted, acting madly
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  • Alexander Pope
    “The worst of madmen is a saint run mad.”
  • Aristotle
    “There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Hatred is the madness of the heart.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “The world of men is dreaming, it has gone mad in its sleep, and a snake is strangling it, but it can't wake up.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “'Tis mad idolatry To make the service greater than the god.”
  • Samuel Beckett
    “We are all born mad. Some remain so.”


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.
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).
Hopping mad - If you're hopping mad, you are extremely angry.
Mad as a badger - If someone is as mad as a badger, they are crazy.
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.)
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.
Mad as a hornet - (USA) If someone is as mad as a hornet, they are very angry indeed.
Mad as a March hare - Someone who is excitable and unpredictable is as mad as a March hare.
Mad as a wet hen - If someone is as mad as a wet hen, they are extremely angry.
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.


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


In literature:

Who that is mad knows he is mad?
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
But, setting herself something to do so that she would not go mad, mad as Mad Ruth, she secured for herself another weapon.
"Judith of Blue Lake Ranch" by Jackson Gregory
All nature was laughing in the madness of joy.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
She's mad against Crayford and the opera and you, and she's specially mad against Mrs. Charmian.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
The whole thing seems to me to be so mad, that I partly trusted that she would see the madness of it.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Kibei has gone mad; mad indeed!
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
Us niggers was awful mad.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
As the strings vibrated to the last dying note, the beauty of it, the virtuosity, the abandon, drove the House mad with enthusiasm.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
I was going mad, mad.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
I have been mad for weeks, only I did not see my madness in true colors till this moment.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath

In poetry:

O, Shadow mine! Beneath my brow
I feel thy thoughts, and in my heart
Thy fondest longings madly start!
Thou art myself and I am thou!
"My Shadow And I" by Freeman Edwin Miller
And stood by the rose-wreathed gate. Alas,
We loved, sir—used to meet:
How sad and bad and mad it was—
But then, how it was sweet!
"Confessions" by Robert Browning
The wind of March taught thee his springtime madness,
And then in undertone
Whispered the wonder-secret of his gladness
To thee alone.
"Request" by Virna Sheard
And madness in its burning pain
Seized on my mother's heart and brain:
She died that night, and the next day
Beheld my father far away.
"The Troubadour. Canto 3" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
"Glideth one through greenest valleys,
Kissing them with lips still sweet;
One, mad roaring down the mountains,
Stagnates at their feet.
"What The Voice Said" by John Greenleaf Whittier
This desolation is alive
With backward motions of bright feet-
Remembering the madness of scaling
A certain dusk to the first small star.
"The Progress Of Œnia" by Allen Tate

In news:

The technician is embarrassed by them, the service manager gets mad at them, and the business owner wishes they didn't come off his bottom line.
Mischief, not madness, often underlies Muslim anger.
The method behind Capers ' madness.
The Carnival of Madness is less than two weeks away and we're just getting started on cool giveaways.
It's the Carnivore of Madness contest.
After final debate, a mad rush to home.
Sanity, Madness and the Family Volume I: Families of Schizophrenics by R.D.
On social policies, Romney "got caught up in Mad Men".
Campaigning in Oshkosh, Wis. On Friday, Vice President Biden slammed Mitt Romney policies across the board, and suggested the GOP nominee got his take on social issues from the show "Mad Men," which is set in the 1960s.
Seventeen-year-old Dylan Barks completed all of the routes in the Red River Gorge's famous-for-hard-routes Madness Cave in one day.
Booker and Dax 207 Second Ave, at 13th St. No phone As the cocktail revolution evolves, classic mixology is giving way to mad science.
Mads Mikkelsen and Thure Lindhart in "Flame & Citron ".
She writes the column "Diary of a Mad Law Professor," which appears monthly in The Nation.
'Mad Men' recap: Everything turns out crappy .
"Mad Men," a piercingly bleak portrait of a 1960s American anti-hero, earned a leading 17 Emmy nominations today and the chance to set a new record as the most-honored drama in television history.

In science:

Mads Sig Ager, Dariusz Biernacki, Olivier Danvy & Jan Midtgaard (2003): A functional correspondence between evaluators and abstract machines.
From Mathematics to Abstract Machine: A formal derivation of an executable Krivine machine
A Mad input may be obtained from the authors.
Final Focus System for a Muon Collider: A Test Model
The quality of the final D-series fits (CTEQ4Ax) is indicative of the progress that has been mad e in this latest round of global analysis.
Structure Function Subgroup Summary
The proposed 12 GeV JLab upgrade allows one to take advantage of the approximate E 2 scaling of σM at constant Q2 and high energy [130]. A large acceptance spectrometer such as MAD would be very helpful.
Electromagnetic structure of the deuteron
For an infinite cardinal µ, MAD(µ) denotes the set of all cardinalities of nontrivial maximal almost disjoint families over µ.
On two problems of Erdos and Hechler: New methods in singular Madness