Definition of madness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmædnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmædnəs//
    [uncountable] Describing strange traits, Stupid
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  1. 1(old-fashioned) the state of having a serious mental illness synonym insanity There may be a link between madness and creativity. See related entries: Describing strange traits
  2. 2crazy or stupid behaviour that could be dangerous It would be sheer madness to trust a man like that. In a moment of madness she had agreed to go out with him. See related entries: Stupid
  3. Extra examples It’s sheer madness to go sailing in weather like this. The real victim in this collective madness is our society. They say that talking to yourself is the first sign of madness!Idioms
    there’s (a) method in somebody’s madness
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    there is a reason for somebody’s behaviour and it is not as strange or as stupid as it seems
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: madness

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