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