madness


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mad·ness

(mad'nes), This imprecise and outmoded word is best avoided in medical speech and writing. Negative or pejorative connotations may render it offensive in some contexts.
The state of being mad.

madness

Neurology
See Megaloblastic madness.
 
Psychiatry
(1) A poetic (i.e., nonmedical) term for severe mental illness.
(2) An antiquated, non-specific term for any mental illness, including psychoses or neuroses, of any degree and state of decompensation.
 
Vox populi
Wild and crazy or disinhibited activity.

madness

see mania.
References in classic literature ?
Then the woman turned, screaming with rage and madness, and ran at Nada to kill her with her hands.
Their answer was that madness is of so many different kinds that it was impossible to give an opinion on the case without seeing the princess, so the Sultan gave orders that they were to be introduced into her chamber, one by one, every man according to his rank.
I could still bear all, if, in her madness, she had kept her woman's nature.
Ah, this one is not like the other, and his madness is less affecting than this one's display of reason.
For think, in all thy sadness, What road our griefs may take; Whose brain reflect our madness, Or whom our terrors shake.
A madness ate into all the Army, and they turned against their officers.
With its Phantom chased for evermore, By a crowd that seize it not, Through a circle that ever returneth in To the self-same spot, And much of Madness, and more of Sin, And Horror the soul of the plot.
Madness in its first stage--monomania--is a lack of proportion.
Bennigsen loudly criticized this mistake, saying that it was madness to leave a height which commanded the country around unoccupied and to place troops below it.
This is what I find the fatal defect of our American Ossian, Walt Whitman, whose way is where artistic madness lies.
He imagined that his superior held him in contempt, and so he chafed and fumed inwardly until one evening his madness became suddenly homicidal.
It was a madness, but she refused to consider the madness.