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[adj] (informal) roused to anger; "stayed huffy a good while"- Mark Twain; "she gets mad when you wake her up so early"; "mad at his friend"; "sore over a remark"
[adj] affected with madness or insanity; "a man who had gone mad"
[adj] marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion; "a crowd of delirious baseball fans"; "something frantic in their gaiety"; "a mad whirl of pleasure"
[adj] very foolish; "harebrained ideas"; "took insane risks behind the wheel"; "a completely mad scheme to build a bridge between two mountains"


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\Mad\, n. [Cf. W. mad a male child, a boy.]
1. A slattern. [Prov. Eng.]
2. The name of a female fairy, esp. the queen of the fairies; and hence, sometimes, any fairy. --Shak.
\Mad\, obs. p. p. of {Made}. --Chaucer.
\Mad\, a. [Compar. {Madder}; superl. {Maddest}.] [AS. gem?d, gem[=a]d, mad; akin to OS. gem?d foolish, OHG. gameit, Icel. mei?a to hurt, Goth. gam['a]ids weak, broken. ?.]
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.
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8. And being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities. --Acts xxvi. 1
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3. Proceeding from, or indicating, madness; expressing distraction; prompted by infatuation, fury, or extreme rashness. ``Mad demeanor.'' --Milton. 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.'' --Shak. ``Fetching mad bounds.'' --Shak.
5. Furious with rage, terror, or disease; -- said of the lower animals; as, a mad bull; esp., having hydrophobia; rabid; as, a mad dog.
6. Angry; out of patience; vexed; as, to get mad at a person. [Colloq.]
7. Having impaired polarity; -- applied to a compass needle. [Colloq.] {Like mad}, like a mad person; in a furious manner; as, to run like mad. --L'Estrange. {To run mad}. (a) To become wild with excitement. (b) 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.'' --Dryden.
\Mad\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Madded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Madding}.] To make mad or furious; to madden. Had I but seen thy picture in this plight, It would have madded me. --Shak.
\Mad\, v. i. To be mad; to go mad; to rave. See {Madding}. [Archaic] --Chaucer. Festus said with great voice, Paul thou maddest. --Wyclif (Acts).
\Mad\, n. [AS. ma?a; akin to D. & G. made, Goth. mapa, and prob. to E. moth.] (Zo["o]l.) An earthworm. [Written also {made}.]

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