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madness (n.)

late 14c., "insanity, lunacy, dementia; rash or irrational conduct, headstrong passion, extreme folly," from mad (adj.) + -ness. Sense of "foolishness" is from early 15c.

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Definitions of madness

madness (n.)
obsolete terms for legal insanity;
Synonyms: lunacy / insaneness
madness (n.)
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;
Synonyms: rabies / hydrophobia / lyssa
madness (n.)
a feeling of intense anger;
Synonyms: fury / rage
madness (n.)
the quality of being rash and foolish;
Synonyms: folly / foolishness / craziness
madness (n.)
unrestrained excitement or enthusiasm;
poetry is a sort of divine madness
Synonyms: rabidity / rabidness
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