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madden (third-person singular simple present maddens, present participle maddening, simple past and past participle maddened)
- (transitive) To make angry.
- (transitive) To make insane; to inflame with passion.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To become furious.
- 1855, Charles Kingsley, Westward Ho!, 1898 ed. edition, page 353:
- The rascal saw his advantage, and began a fierce harangue against the heretic strangers. As he maddened, his hearers maddened; the savage nature, capricious as a child's, flashed out in wild suspicion. Women yelled, men scowled, and ran hastily to their huts for bows and blow-guns.
- 1870, John O'Hanlon, Irish folk lore, page 71:
- And as he maddened at the thought, honest Fergus, too, forgot himself, and added in an excited strain, " I wish one end o' the hog's puddin' was sthuck in yer nose, you foolish craythur!"
From mad + -en (infinitival suffix).
- To be mad or insane; to be afflicted with insanity.
- To be emotionally overwhelmed or consumed by mood or feelings.
- To behave idiotically or stupidly; to display stupidity.
- (rare) To make mad, crazy or insane; to madden.
- (rare) To emotionally overwhelm.
Conjugation of madden (weak in -ed)
1Sometimes used as a formal 2nd-person singular.
- English: mad (obsolete)
- “mā̆dden, v.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2019-03-09.
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