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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Madness


MAD'NESS, noun [from mad.] Distraction; a state of disordered reason or intellect, in which the patient raves or is furious.

There are degrees of madness as of folly.

1. Extreme folly; headstrong passion and rashness that act in opposition to reason; as the madness of a mob.

2. Wildness of passion; fury; rage; as the madness of despair.