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.
The workhouse first, perhaps--and then the madhouse.
In 1816, the grenadier Fleuriot was at an inn in Strasburg, where she went after making her escape from the madhouse.
He took my carriage very ill, and indeed he might well do so, for at last I refused to bed with him, and carrying on the breach upon all occasions to extremity, he told me once he thought I was mad, and if I did not alter my conduct, he would put me under cure; that is to say, into a madhouse.
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.
Soon we shot in quick succession, past a light- house; a madhouse (how the lunatics flung up their caps and roared in sympathy with the headlong engine and the driving tide
She told him all--that they had no friend or relative--that she had fled with the old man, to save him from a madhouse and all the miseries he dreaded--that she was flying now, to save him from himself-- and that she sought an asylum in some remote and primitive place, where the temptation before which he fell would never enter, and her late sorrows and distresses could have no place.
There are three ways before her," he thought, "the canal, the madhouse, or .
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.
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.