Insanity



[in-san-i-tee] /ɪnˈsæn ɪ ti/

noun, plural insanities.
1.
the condition of being ; a derangement of the mind.
Synonyms: dementia, lunacy, madness, craziness, mania, aberration.
2.
Law. such unsoundness of mind as frees one from legal responsibility, as for committing a crime, or as signals one’s lack of legal capacity, as for entering into a contractual agreement.
3.
Psychiatry. (formerly) .
4.

/ɪnˈsænɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
relatively permanent disorder of the mind; state or condition of being insane
2.
(law) a defect of reason as a result of mental illness, such that a defendant does not know what he or she is doing or that it is wrong
3.
utter folly; stupidity
n.

1580s, “state of being insane,” from Latin insanitatem (nominative insanitas) “unhealthfulness,” noun of quality from insanus (see insane). Meaning “extreme folly” is from 1844.

insanity in·san·i·ty (ĭn-sān’ĭ-tē)
n.

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