madness

Madness is foolish, impulsive behavior. It would be madness to ride on the back of your friend's car, standing on the bumper.

A screaming crowd waiting to see their favorite rock star creates an atmosphere of madness — and their enthusiasm itself can be described as madness. You could also say that donating all your money to an animal shelter would be madness, or describe the madness of a busy Thanksgiving Day sale. Madness sometimes takes on its original meaning, "mental instability" or "insanity."

Primary Meanings of madness

1.
n
the quality of being rash and foolish
2.
n
a feeling of intense anger
3.
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
Full Definitions of madness
1

n the quality of being rash and foolish

Synonyms:
craziness, folly, foolishness
Type of:
stupidity
a poor ability to understand or to profit from experience

n unrestrained excitement or enthusiasm

“poetry is a sort of divine madness
Synonyms:
rabidity, rabidness
Type of:
ebullience, enthusiasm, exuberance
overflowing with eager enjoyment or approval

n obsolete terms for legal insanity

Synonyms:
insaneness, lunacy
Type of:
insanity
relatively permanent disorder of the mind
2

n a feeling of intense anger

Synonyms:
fury, rage
Types:
wrath
intense anger (usually on an epic scale)
lividity
a state of fury so great the face becomes discolored
Type of:
anger, choler, ire
a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance
3

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:
hydrophobia, lyssa, rabies
Type of:
zoonosis, zoonotic disease
an animal disease that can be transmitted to humans

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