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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.
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After a day of racing in the sun, hundreds of music fans gathered on Friday night ready to be welcomed into the House Of Fun when Madness took to the stage.
The Farm, reached number one in the charts back in 1991 with their first album Spartacus, produced by Madness frontman Suggs.
The men's Division I tournament of the US National Collegiate Athletic Association, aka March Madness, is about close games and major surprises.
Critique: An absorbing, entertaining, and deftly crafted read from cover to cover, "Madness: The Man Who Changed Basketball" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to community library Contemporary General Fiction collections and a 'must read' for all dedicated basketball fans.
Isn't it madness when taxpayers money end up in the pockets of lawmakers and government officials and their in-laws?
Chapter 3 examines the medical attitudes towards the creative mind, and how psychiatric thinking helped change the 19th century connotations of madness.
The lively band, which is jam packed with energetic madness, are Mark Keegan (lead singer), Derek Wood (lead guitar and backing vocals), Kevin Stanfield (saxophone), David Potter (keyboards and backing vocals) and Brett Biggs (drummer).
Next year will be the 40th anniversary of Madness's debut single One Step Beyond.
"There's an element of anticipation and surprise that always makes our Midnight Madness promotion a fun way to celebrate the spring homebuying season," said Curt VanHyfte, area president of M/I Homes.
A spokesman said: "The concert originally went on sale as a seated event but on the band's request this has now changed to standing in line with all Madness' outdoor events.