Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tending to anger or irritate: a maddening delay at the airport.
  • adj. Tending to drive insane.

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  • v. Present participle of madden.
  • adj. Causing frustration or anger.
  • adj. Leading to insanity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. extremely annoying or displeasing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. extremely annoying or displeasing

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Examples

  • Let it suffice that many of my pain - maddening waking hours were devoted to dreams of vengeance on Cecil

    Chapter 8

  • What's maddening is that with all of our technology a lot of the paperwork side of this SHOULD BE instant (speed of the internet and all of that).

    Florida Official Buried In Concealed-Carry Requests

  • Although far, far more maddening is when they do things like, I'm ten feet from the wall and they know I'm five times faster if they can, you know, SEE ME AT ALL, and they'll push off instead of letting me do my flip turn and move ahead of them.

    Book Day!

  • And how maddening is it that he just keeps saying that Iraq is the central front in the war on terror, without realizing that's his fault.

    10/28/2005

  • The world was steeped in maddening loveliness of sound and colour.

    Rilla of Ingleside

  • Let it suffice that many of my pain - maddening waking hours were devoted to dreams of vengeance on Cecil Winwood.

    Chapter 8

  • Aunt Olivia's kitten, a fat, bewhiskered creature, looking as if it were cut out of black velvet, shared our vigil and purred in maddening peace of mind.

    Chronicles of Avonlea

  • Next eight capeadores, whose duty consists in maddening the bull and urging it to fight by flinging gay-colored capas or capes in its face.

    Six Months in Mexico

  • These base Scots, ever fertile in maddening suggestions, have made me even suspect that Bruce had other reasons for his apparently generous risk of himself; than a love of justice.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • The noise factor was something that at times was "maddening" - all the dogs around me would sound out this chorus of yelping, barking that went on for ages and it was LOUD.

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