madness

madness
noun
1. obsolete terms for legal insanity (Freq. 2)
Syn: ↑lunacy, ↑insaneness
Derivationally related forms: ↑insane (for: ↑insaneness), ↑mad, ↑lunatic (for: ↑lunacy)
Hypernyms: ↑insanity
2. a feeling of intense anger
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hell hath no fury like a woman scorned

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his face turned red with rage

Syn: ↑fury, ↑rage
Derivationally related forms: ↑mad, ↑rage (for: ↑rage), ↑furious (for: ↑fury), ↑infuriate (for: ↑fury)
Hypernyms: ↑anger, ↑choler, ↑ire
Hyponyms: ↑wrath, ↑lividity
3. the quality of being rash and foolish
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trying to drive through a blizzard is the height of folly

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adjusting to an insane society is total foolishness

Syn: ↑folly, ↑foolishness, ↑craziness
Derivationally related forms: ↑mad, ↑foolish (for: ↑foolishness), ↑crazy (for: ↑craziness)
Hypernyms: ↑stupidity
4. 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
Syn: ↑rabies, ↑hydrophobia, ↑lyssa
Hypernyms: ↑zoonosis, ↑zoonotic disease
5. unrestrained excitement or enthusiasm
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poetry is a sort of divine madness

Syn: ↑rabidity, ↑rabidness
Derivationally related forms: ↑rabid (for: ↑rabidness), ↑rabid (for: ↑rabidity), ↑mad
Hypernyms: ↑exuberance, ↑enthusiasm, ↑ebullience

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