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Synonyms for madnessˈmæd nɪs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lunacy, madness, insaneness(noun)

    obsolete terms for legal insanity

    lyssa, fury, rage, rabidity, hydrophobia, foolery, madness, tomfoolery, rabidness, indulgence, insaneness, foolishness, lunacy, folly, craziness, rabies

  2. rabies, hydrophobia, lyssa, madness(noun)

    an acute viral disease of the nervous system of warm-blooded animals (usually transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal); rabies is fatal if the virus reaches the brain

    lyssa, insaneness, fury, rage, rabidity, hydrophobia, madness, rabidness, rabies, foolishness, lunacy, folly, craziness

  3. fury, rage, madness(noun)

    a feeling of intense anger

    "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned"; "his face turned red with rage"

    fad, hydrophobia, foolishness, furiousness, hysteria, craze, vehemence, insaneness, cult, rabidness, madness, ferocity, violence, delirium, passion, fierceness, furore, rabies, fury, frenzy, rage, lyssa, folly, craziness, lunacy, wildness, rabidity, furor

  4. folly, foolishness, craziness, madness(noun)

    the quality of being rash and foolish

    "trying to drive through a blizzard is the height of folly"; "adjusting to an insane society is total foolishness"

    lunacy, foolishness, flakiness, fury, daftness, madness, rabidity, imbecility, stupidity, hydrophobia, rabidness, foolery, tomfoolery, lyssa, folly, craziness, insaneness, indulgence, rage, rabies, unwiseness, betise

  5. madness, rabidity, rabidness(noun)

    unrestrained excitement or enthusiasm

    "poetry is a sort of divine madness"

    lyssa, fury, rage, rabidity, hydrophobia, madness, rabidness, insaneness, foolishness, lunacy, rabies, craziness, folly


  1. madness(noun)


  2. madness(noun)

    The state of being mad; insanity; mental disease.


  3. madness(noun)

    rash folly


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. madness

    Of these terms insanity is the most exact and comprehensive, including in its widest sense all morbid conditions of mind due to diseased action of the brain or nervous system, but in its more frequent restricted use applied to those forms in which the mental disorder is persistent, as distinguished from those in which it is temporary or transient. Craziness is a vague popular term for any sort of disordered mental action, or for conduct suggesting it. Lunacy originally denoted intermittent insanity, supposed to be dependent on the changes of the moon (Latin luna): the term is now applied in general and legal use to any form of mental unsoundness except idiocy. Madness is the old popular term, now less common, for insanity in its widest sense, but with suggestion of excitement, akin to mania. In the derived sense, lunacy denotes what is insanely foolish, madness what is insanely desperate. Derangement is a common euphemism for insanity. Delirium is always temporary, and is specifically the insanity of disease, as in acute fevers. Dementia is a general weakening of the mental powers: the word is specifically applied to senile insanity, dotage. Aberration is eccentricity of mental action due to an abnormal state of the perceptive faculties, and is manifested by error in perceptions and rambling thought. Hallucination is the apparent perception of that which does not exist or is not present to the senses, as the seeing of specters or of reptiles in delirium tremens. Monomania is mental derangement as to one subject or object. Frenzy and mania are forms of raving and furious insanity. Compare synonyms for DELUSION; IDIOCY.

    aberration, alienation, craziness, delirium, dementia, derangement, frenzy, hallucination, insanity, lunacy, mania, monomania

    clearness, good sense, lucidity, rationality, sanity

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. madness(n.)

    insanity, derangement, craziness, lunacy, distraction, MANIA, mental aberration

  2. madness(n.)

    frenzy, fury, rage

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

folly, insanity, lunacy, crazy, craziness, insane, cow, foolishness, zee, dementia, frenzy, foolish

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. madness

    See Megaloblastic madness

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