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Noun: madness  mad-nus
  1. Relatively permanent disorder of the mind
    - insanity, craziness [informal]
  2. The quality of being rash and foolish
    "trying to drive through a blizzard is the height of madness";
    - folly, foolishness, craziness, nuttiness [informal], insanity
  3. A feeling of intense anger
    "hell hath no madness like a woman scorned";
    - fury, rage
  4. Unrestrained excitement or enthusiasm
    "poetry is a sort of divine madness";
    - rabidity, rabidness
  5. 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
    - rabies, hydrophobia, lyssa [rare]
  6. [archaic] Obsolete term for legal insanity
    - lunacy [archaic], insaneness [archaic]

Type of: anger, choler, daftness [informal], ebullience, enthusiasm, exuberance, ire, mental disease, mental illness, psychopathy, stupidity, zoonosis, zoonotic disease

Encyclopedia: Madness, Money and Music