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Mad

Mad

1. A slattern.

2. The name of a female fairy, especially. The queen of the fairies; and hence, sometimes, any fairy.

Origin: cf. W. Mad a male child, a boy.

1. Disordered in intellect; crazy; insane. I have heard my grandsire say full oft, extremity of griefs would make men mad. (Shak)

2. Excited beyond self-control or the restraint of reason; inflamed by violent or uncontrollable desire, passion, or appetite; as, to be mad with terror, lust, or hatred; mad against political reform. It is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols. (Jer. 1. 88) And being exceedingly mad against them, i persecuted them even unto strange cities. (acts xxvi. 11)

3. Proceeding from, or indicating, madness; expressing distraction; prompted by infatuation, fury, or extreme rashness. Mad demeanor. Mad wars destroy in one year the works of many years of peace. (Franklin) The mad promise of Cleon was fulfilled. (Jowett (Thucyd))

4. Extravagant; immoderate. Be mad and merry. Fetching mad bounds. .

5. Furious with rage, terror, or disease; said of the lower animals; as, a mad bull; especially, having hydrophobia; rabid; as, a mad dog.

6. Angry; out of patience; vexed; as, to get mad at a person.

7. Having impaired polarity; applied to a compass needle. Like mad, like a mad person; in a furious manner; as, to run like mad. To run mad. To become wild with exci 6f7 tement. To run wildly about under the influence of hydrophobia; to become affected with hydrophobia. To run mad after, to pursue under the influence of infatuation or immoderate desire. The world is running mad after farce. .

Origin: as. Gemd, gemad, mad; akin to os. Gemd foolish, OHG. Gameit, Icel. Meia to hurt, goth. Gamaids weak, broken.

(Science: zoology) An earthworm.

alternative forms: made.

Origin: as. Maa; akin to D. & g. Made, goth. Mapa, and prob. To E. Moth.


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