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Examples of mad in a sentence

Mad is a slightly difficult word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!

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Below you will find the definition of mad, followed by 35 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(adjective) - very foolish

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EXAMPLES - Mad in a Sentence

  1. We, with the survivors, swept back in mad retreat. (source)
  2. Dunn finds a certain mad humor in Renny's hectic life. (source)
  3. W&H: I remember that my grandmother used the term mad money. (source)
  4. Did either Miss Lake or the captain use the word mad-house? ' (source)
  5. That really made the lackeys mad, which is exactly what I hoped for. (source)
  6. What would make me mad is what they are paying sharpshooters to kill the deer. (source)
  7. COOPER: The workouts were so intense, Bowman became known as the mad scientist. (source)
  8. Sure, sir, an 'I don't mind sayin', sir, that I'm just plain mad curious to hear. (source)
  9. Howard Kurtz declares that the media is "mad" - mad at McCain for "manipulating them." (source)
  10. She turned to Canim, speechless and trembling, the dream-stuff in mad, overwhelming riot. (source)
  11. COOPER (voice over): The workouts were so intense, Bowman became known as the mad scientist. (source)
  12. In donning the Reverends mantle, I have retained the use of the term mad for Bethlems residents. (source)
  13. After being regarded as genius during his Loyola Marymount stint, Westhead suddenly became known as a mad scientist. (source)
  14. What would have made them mad is if by appointing Gregg the President had subtracted one more Republican from the Senate. (source)
  15. For tell me, by heaven, do you not think that in the city the wise are few, while the foolish, whom you call mad, are many? (source)
  16. Two is, as I just mentioned, to actually not import beef from what they call mad cow positive countries, is over 20 of those. (source)
  17. What drives them mad is the simple discovery that the darkness may be the only thing that exists -- and it passively hates us. (source)
  18. He felt physically sick as he thought of leaving her in the desert with that man, whom they called mad, and going on alone to report at (source)
  19. During a violent altercation he called her mad, a raving lunatic, and said he would take measures to prevent her from doing injury to herself. (source)
  20. The term mad is not intended to cause offence, but to reflect the generic use of the word, reserving explicit clinical terms for the appropriate context. (source)
  21. He answered me praying me to give up what he called my mad-brained attempt, and saying it made him and his wife quite unhappy to think of my being at the Hall. (source)
  22. "But he is not, if the term mad ought only to be used in speaking of those whose brain is for some unknown cause diseased, and who can show no reason in their actions. (source)
  23. Prolonged exposure to the fumes released when the material was steamed for final shaping had dire effects on the nervous system, hence the expression "mad as a hatter." (source)
  24. The most wild U.S. reactionary circles, which the U.S. people themselves classify as mad, continue increasing tension in the press and the Congress, demanding a hard policy. (source)
  25. "Troth, no," replied the other; "but he's what they call a mad docther, an 'keeps a rheumatic asylum -- that manes a place where they put mad people, to prevent them from doin' harm. (source)
  26. Refusing to vote for Democrats because they make you mad is just as irresponsible as the firebaggers pushing for the defeat of healthcare because it benefited the insurance companies. (source)
  27. Refusing to vote for a Democrat because they make you mad is just as irresponsible as the firebaggers pushing for the defeat of healthcare because it benefited the insurance companies. (source)
  28. Rooting for the rebellion in neighboring Libya, they chanted slogans against Moammar Gadhafi, and one protester held a picture of the Libyan leader crossed out with the word "mad" plastered over it. (source)
  29. Apart from the bit about a non-rotating Earth and Moon being tidally locked to each other (seriously breaking several major laws of physics) Aldiss's vision of a planetary jungle-gone-mad is one of the most inventive I have ever come across. (source)
  30. In our own times Mazzini pursued what the wiseacres of his time called a mad chimera; but it can no longer be denied that, without Mazzini, Italy would never have become a great power, and that he did more for Italian unity than Cavour and all the politicians of his school. (source)
  31. It was only play, for Jerry and Norman Chief were tried friends; and, though the huge horse, ears laid back, mouth open to bite, pursued Jerry in mad gyrations all about the paddock, it was with no thought of inflicting hurt, but merely to act up to his part in the sham battle. (source)
  32. U.S. Agriculture S.cretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday that Washington will request that Tokyo resume bilateral discussions on beef trade and further ease import restrictions first implemented after bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as mad cow disease, was found in the U.S. in 2003. (source)
  33. Similarly, it is clear how studying the historical growth of the idea of madness and changes in the way societies treat those they classify as mad helps us assess claims that psychiatry today is a form of social control, and further, whether social control is a legitimate function for psychiatry. (source)
  34. Accordingly it fell to my lot to assume the appearance of madness, which made greatly for my purpose, as they consider mad men to be holy, and they therefore allowed me to go much more at large than before, until such time as the hermits might determine whether I were _holy mad_, or raging mad, as shall be shewn hereafter. (source)
  35. He had been accustomed to hear himself called mad -- the defence of Turner was thought by the _dilettanti_ of the time to be possible only to a lunatic; the author of "Stones of Venice," we saw, was insane in the eyes of his critic, the architect; it was seriously whispered when he wrote on Political Economy that Ruskin was out of his mind; and so on. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 35 example sentences provided below is 60.0, which suggests that "mad" is a standard word that is understood by individuals with a high school diploma or degree, and can be found in news articles, books, magazines and other places.


We have 44 synonyms for mad.

aberrant, absurd, bananas, batty, crazed, cuckoo, daft, delirious, demented, deranged, distracted, fantastic, foolhardy, foolish, frantic, frenetic, frenzied, illogical, imprudent, invalid, irrational, kooky, loony, ludicrous, lunatic, mental, non compos mentis, nonsensical, nutty, of unsound mind, off one's rocker, out of one's mind, preposterous, psychotic, rabid, raving, senseless, unbalanced, unhinged, unreasonable, unsafe, unsound, unstable, wacky


We have 14 antonyms for mad.

OK, balanced, calm, cheered, collected, disenchanted, happy, rational, reasonable, sane, sensible, sound, unenthusiastic, wise


Pronunciation: (măd)

Syllabification: ['mad']


View up to 25 definitions of mad from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adjective) Angry; resentful. See Synonyms at angry.
  2. (adjective) Suffering from a disorder of the mind; insane.
  3. (adjective) Temporarily or apparently deranged by violent sensations, emotions, or ideas: mad with jealousy.
  4. (adjective) Lacking restraint or reason; foolish: I was mad to have hired her in the first place.
  5. (adjective) Feeling or showing strong liking or enthusiasm: mad about sports.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) Insane; crazy, mentally deranged.
  2. (adjective) Angry, annoyed.
  3. (adjective) Wildly confused or excited.
  4. (adjective) Extremely foolish or unwise; irrational; imprudent.
  5. (adjective) Extremely enthusiastic about; crazy about; infatuated with; overcome with desire for.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (None) p. p. of made.
  2. (adjective) Disordered in intellect; crazy; insane.
  3. (adjective) Excited beyond self-control or the restraint of reason; inflamed by violent or uncontrollable desire, passion, or appetite
  4. (adjective) Proceeding from, or indicating, madness; expressing distraction; prompted by infatuation, fury, or extreme rashness.
  5. (adjective) Extravagant; immoderate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) Disordered in intellect; demented; crazy; insane: said of persons.
  2. (None) Furious from disease or other cause; enraged; rabid: said of animals: as, a mad dog; a mad bull.
  3. (None) Under the influence of some uncontrollable emotion.
  4. (None) Wildly or recklessly frolicsome: said of persons or of their acts.
  5. (None) Excited with immoderate curiosity, longing, admiration, or devotion; infatuated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (adjective) very foolish
  2. (adjective) roused to anger
  3. (adjective) affected with madness or insanity
  4. (adjective) marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion