[mad-nis] /ˈmæd nɪs/

the state of being ; insanity.
senseless folly:
It is sheer madness to speak as you do.
frenzy; rage.
intense excitement or enthusiasm.
insanity; lunacy
extreme anger, excitement, or foolishness
a nontechnical word for rabies

late 14c., “insanity, dementia; rash or irrational conduct,” from mad (adj.) + -ness. Sense of “foolishness” is from early 15c.

madness mad·ness (mād’nĭs)
The quality or condition of being insane.

This word is used in its proper sense in Deut. 28:34, John 10:20, 1 Cor. 14:23. It also denotes a reckless state of mind arising from various causes, as over-study (Eccl. 1:17; 2:12), blind rage (Luke 6:11), or a depraved temper (Eccl. 7:25; 9:3; 2 Pet. 2:16). David feigned madness (1 Sam. 21:13) at Gath because he “was sore afraid of Achish.”

see: method in one’s madness


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