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Definition of madness noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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.
  2. 2crazy or stupid behavior 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 also March Madness
  3. Idioms
    there's (a) method in somebody's madness
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    there is a reason for someone's behavior and it is not as strange or as stupid as it seems
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: madness

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