madden

Use the verb madden when something exasperates you or drives you up a wall. Terrible traffic when you're late for an appointment is sure to madden you.

If something makes you mad or gets on your nerves, it maddens you. If your dogs tend to madden you, it means that they drive you crazy. When you madden your dogs, you get them so riled up that they run around the house barking. The earliest use of the verb was literally "to make mad or insane," though by the early 1800's it meant "to drive to distraction."

Primary Meanings of madden

1.
v
make mad
2.
v
cause to go crazy; cause to lose one's mind
Full Definitions of madden
1

v make mad

“His behavior is maddening
Type of:
anger
make angry
2

v cause to go crazy; cause to lose one's mind

Synonyms:
craze
Types:
derange, unbalance
derange mentally, throw out of mental balance; make insane

v drive up the wall; get on someone's nerves

Type of:
bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment
treat cruelly

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