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In a state of frenzy; frenzied: "far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife" (Thomas Gray).
1. acting or behaving as if mad: the madding crowd.
2. making mad; maddening
tumultuous: the madding crowd.
madding- In "far from the madding crowd," madding is a poetic survival meaning "wild, furious, raving, mad."
See also related terms for mad.