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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmad.nəs/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈmæd.nəs/, /ˈmæd.nɪs/
- (New Zealand) IPA(key): /ˈmɛd.nɘs/
- Rhymes: (US) -ædnəs
- The state of being mad; insanity; mental disease.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:insanity
- c. 1599–1602 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene ii], page 261, column 2:
- Though this be madneſſe, / Yet there is Method in 't: […]
- 2008, BioWare, Mass Effect, Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →ISBN, →OCLC, PC, scene: Eden Prime:
- Shepard: What's wrong with your assistant?
Dr. Warren: Manuel has a brilliant mind, but he's always been a bit... unstable. Genius and madness are two sides of the same coin.
Dr. Manuel: Is it madness to see the future? To see the destruction rushing towards us? To understand there is no escape? No hope? No, I am not mad. I'm the only sane one left!
Dr. Warren: I gave him an extra dose of his meds after the attack.
- The state of being angry.
- rash folly
To convey the state of being mad as in angry, the word anger is used instead.
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