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adj. [mad and brain.] Disordered in the mind; hotheaded.

I give my hand oppos'd against my heart,
Unto a madbrain Rudesby, full of spleen.

                        He let fall his book,
And as he stoop'd again to take it up,
This madbrain'd bridegroom took him such a cuff,
That down fell priest and book.

This fell tempest shall not cease to rage,
Until the golden circuit on my head,
Like to the glorious sun's transparent beams,
Do calm the fury of this madbrain'd flaw.

Sources: Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 2 (49) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71)

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