Insane; crazy, mentally deranged.
* , chapter=6
- I have heard my grandsire say full oft, / Extremity of griefs would make men mad .
Mr. Pratt's Patients
, passage=She was so mad
she wouldn't speak to me for quite a spell, but at last I coaxed her into going up to Miss Emmeline's room and fetching down a tintype of the missing Deacon man.}}
Wildly confused or excited.
* Bible, Jer. 1. 88
- to be mad with terror, lust, or hatred
* 1787: The Fair Syrian, R. Bage,
- It is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.
Extremely foolish or unwise; irrational; imprudent.
Extremely enthusiastic about; crazy about; infatuated with; overcome with desire for.
- My brother, quiet as a cat, seems perfectly contented with the internal feelings of his felicity. The Marquis, mad as a kitten, is all in motion to express it, from tongue to heel.
(of animals) Abnormally ferocious or furious; or, rabid, affected with rabies.
(slang, chiefly Northeastern US) Intensifier, signifies an abundance or high quality of a thing; , much or many.
(of a compass needle) Having impaired polarity.
While within the United States and Canada, the word mad'' ''does'' generally imply ''anger'' rather than insanity, such usage is still considered informal. Furthermore, if one is described as having "gone mad" or "went mad", this will unquestionably be taken as denoting ''insanity''''', and not anger. Meanwhile, if one "is mad at" something or has "been mad about" something, it will be assumed that they are '''''angered'' rather than insane. In addition, if the word is understood as being used literally, it will most likely be taken as meaning "insane". Also, in addition to the former, such derivatives as "madness", "madman", "madhouse" and "madly" ''purely denote insanity, irrespective of whether one is in the Commonwealth or in the United States.
Lastly, within Commonwealth countries other than Canada, mad'' typically implies the ''insane'' or ''crazy'' sense more so than the ''angry sense.
* (insane) See also
* (angry) See also
* wicked, mighty, kinda, , hella.
(slang, New England, New York, and, UK, dialect) Intensifier; to a large degree; extremely; exceedingly; very; unbelievably.
- He was driving mad slow.
- It's mad hot today.
- He seems mad keen on her.
* hella; helluv;
* mad as a hatter
To madden, to anger, to frustrate.
* c''. 1595 , (William Shakespeare), '' , Act V Scene 5:
- This musick mads me, let it sound no more.
- He that mads others, if he were so humoured, would be as mad himself, as much grieved and tormented […].
Intending to harm; malevolent.
- Do you think that companies that engage in animal testing are evil ?
- an evil plot to kill innocent people
Producing or threatening sorrow, distress, injury, or calamity; unpropitious; calamitous.
* Bible, Deuteronomy xxii. 19
- Ah, what a sign it is of evil life, / When death's approach is seen so terrible.
- He hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel.
- The owl shrieked at thy birth — an evil sign.
(obsolete) Having harmful qualities; not good; worthless or deleterious.
- Evil news rides post, while good news baits.
* Bible, Matthew vii. 18
- an evil''' beast; an '''evil''' plant; an '''evil crop
(computing, programming, slang) undesirable; harmful; bad practice
- A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit.
- Global variables are evil ; storing processing context in object member variables allows those objects to be reused in a much more flexible way.
* See also
* evil eye
* evil laugh
* evil laughter
* Evil One
* evil twin
Moral badness; wickedness; malevolence; the forces or behaviors that are the opposite or enemy of good.
* Bible, (Ecclesiastes). ix. 3
* , chapter=16
- The heart of the sons of men is full of evil .
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=The preposterous altruism too!
Anything which impairs the happiness of a being or deprives a being of any good; anything which causes suffering of any kind to sentient beings; injury; mischief; harm.
* (John Milton)
* (William Shakespeare)
- evils which our own misdeeds have wrought
(obsolete) A malady or disease; especially in the phrase king's evil (scrofula).
- The evil that men do lives after them.
- He [Edward the Confessor] was the first that touched for the evil .
* axis of evil
* king's evil
* lesser evil
* necessary evil
* poll evil