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Mad (verb active)

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To Mad. v.a. [from the adjective.] To make mad; to make furious; to enrage.

O villain! cried out Zelmane, madded with finding an unlooked-for rival. Sidney, b. ii.

Had I but seen thy picture in this plight,
It would have madded me.
Shakesp. Titus Andronicus.

            This will witness outwardly,
As strongly as the conscience do's within,
To th' madding of her lord.
Shakesp. Cymbeline.

This musick mads me, let it sound no more;
For though it have help'd madmen to their wits,
In me, it seems, it will make wisemen mad.

This mads me, that perhaps ignoble hands
Have overlaid him, for they cou'd not conquer.

Sources: Shakespeare's Cymbeline (73) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Richard II (40) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus (16)

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