madhouse


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mad·house

 (măd′hous′)
n.
1. Offensive An institution for the mentally ill.
2. Informal A place of great disorder and confusion.

madhouse

(ˈmædˌhaʊs)
n
1. a mental hospital or asylum
2. a state of uproar or confusion

mad•house

(ˈmædˌhaʊs)

n., pl. -hous•es (-ˌhaʊ zɪz)
1. a hospital for the mentally disturbed.
2. a disorderly, often noisy place.
[1680–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.madhouse - pejorative terms for an insane asylummadhouse - pejorative terms for an insane asylum
mental home, mental hospital, mental institution, psychiatric hospital, insane asylum, asylum, institution - a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person

madhouse

noun
1. (Informal) chaos, turmoil, bedlam, Babel That place is a madhouse.
2. (Old-fashioned) mental hospital, psychiatric hospital, mental institution, lunatic asylum, funny farm (facetious), insane asylum, loony bin (slang), nuthouse (slang), rubber room (U.S. slang), laughing academy (U.S. slang) It was said that he was 'ripe for the madhouse'.
Translations

madhouse

[ˈmædhaʊs] N (madhouses (pl)) [ˈmædhaʊzɪz]manicomio m, casa f de locos
this is a madhouse!¡esto es una casa de locos!

madhouse

[ˈmædhaʊs] nmaison f de fous

madhouse

n (lit, fig)Irrenhaus nt

madhouse

[ˈmædhaʊs] n (also fig) → manicomio

madhouse

n. manicomio, asilo de locos.
References in classic literature ?
In the madhouse at Seville there was a man whom his relations had placed there as being out of his mind.
In 1816, the grenadier Fleuriot was at an inn in Strasburg, where she went after making her escape from the madhouse.
Lor' bless yer, sir, I wouldn't mind what was said to me in a bloomin' madhouse.
It seemed to him as though he were in a madhouse, and was becoming as mad as those he saw.
This is the Court of Chancery, which has its decaying houses and its blighted lands in every shire, which has its worn-out lunatic in every madhouse and its dead in every churchyard, which has its ruined suitor with his slipshod heels and threadbare dress borrowing and begging through the round of every man's acquaintance, which gives to monied might the means abundantly of wearying out the right, which so exhausts finances, patience, courage, hope, so overthrows the brain and breaks the heart, that there is not an honourable man among its practitioners who would not give--who does not often give--the warning, "Suffer any wrong that can be done you rather than come here
Both sides were cursing and swearing in a frightful manner, which, together with the reports of the firearms and the screams and groans of the wounded, turned the deck of the Fuwalda to the likeness of a madhouse.
madhouse in the land; yet for aught he knows to the contrary, instead
The Bishop obeyed Christ's injunction and got locked up in a madhouse.
The workhouse first, perhaps--and then the madhouse.
We were cut off from the comprehension of our surroundings; we glided past like phantoms, wondering and secretly appalled, as sane men would be before an enthusiastic outbreak in a madhouse.
Captain Barillon was the great gentleman-apache before your time; he died in a madhouse, screaming with fear of the "narks" and receivers that had betrayed him and hunted him down.
Gaffer Bedshaw never recovered from the second shock he received, and is confined in a madhouse, hopelessly incurable.