madness


madness
mad|ness [ˈmædnıs] n [U]
1.) especially BrE very stupid behaviour that could be dangerous or have a very bad effect
it is madness (for sb) to do sth
It would be madness to drive all that way on your own.
Cutting down the forest is sheer madness (=completely crazy) .
2.) serious mental illness
His family has a history of madness.
3.) moment/fit of madness
when someone does something without thinking clearly
In a moment of madness, I agreed to have the party at my house.
there's method in/to sb's madness atmethod

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