- To make angry.
- To make insane; to inflame with passion.
- (obsolete) To become furious.
1855, Charles Kingsley, Westward Ho!, 1898 ed. edition, page 353:
- The rascal saw his advantage, and began a fierce harangue against the heretic strangers. As he maddened, his hearers maddened; the savage nature, capricious as a child's, flashed out in wild suspicion. Women yelled, men scowled, and ran hastily to their huts for bows and blow-guns.
1870, John O'Hanlon, Irish folk lore, page 71:
- And as he maddened at the thought, honest Fergus, too, forgot himself, and added in an excited strain, " I wish one end o' the hog's puddin' was sthuck in yer nose, you foolish craythur!"