MAD'NESS, n. [from mad.] Distraction; a state of disordered reason or intellect, in which the patient raves or is furious. There are degrees of madness as of folly.1. Extreme folly; headstrong passion and rashness that act in opposition to reason; as the madness of a mob.2. Wildness of passion; fury; rage; as the madness of despair.