To be “far from the madding crowd” is to be removed, either literally or figuratively, from the frenzied actions of any large crowd or from the bustle of civilization. (See also under “Literature in English.”)
A phrase adapted from the “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,” by Thomas Gray: madding means “frenzied.” The lines containing the phrase speak of the people buried in the churchyard: “Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife / Their sober wishes never learned to stray.”
Note: In the late nineteenth century, the English author Thomas Hardy named one of his novels Far from the Madding Crowd.
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see under far cry from
[fahr-fluhng] /ˈfɑrˈflʌŋ/ adjective 1. extending over a great distance. 2. widely disbursed or distributed. adjective 1. widely distributed 2. far distant; remote adj. 1895, from far + past tense of fling.
noun 1. an English chair of c1600 having no arms, a straight and low back, and a high seat.
[fahrt-lek] /ˈfɑrt lɛk/ noun 1. a training technique, used especially among runners, consisting of bursts of intense effort loosely alternating with less strenuous activity. /ˈfɑːtlɛk/ noun 1. (sport) another name for interval training n. 1952, Swedish, from fart “speed” (cf. Old Norse fara “to go, move;” see fare (v.)) + lek “play” (cf. Old Norse […]