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madden (third-person singular simple present maddens, present participle maddening, simple past and past participle maddened)

  1. (transitive) To make angry.
  2. (transitive) To make insane; to inflame with passion.
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To become furious.
    • 1855, Charles Kingsley, Westward Ho![1], 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[2], 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!"