maddening (adj.) 1743, from prp. of MADDEN (Cf. madden). Related: Maddeningly.

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  • maddening — adj. extremely annoying or displeasing. Syn: annoying, exasperating, infuriating, vexing. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • maddening — index vexatious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • maddening — [adj] irritating aggravating, annoying, exasperating, frustrating, infuriating, provoking, riling, troubling, trying, vexatious; concepts 529,565 …   New thesaurus

  • maddening — adj. 1) maddening to + inf. (it s maddening to have to wait here) 2) maddening that + clause (it s maddening that they never answer the telephone) * * * [ mæd(ə)nɪŋ] maddening that + clause (it s maddening that they never answer the telephone)… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • maddening — maddeningly, adv. maddeningness, n. /mad n ing/, adj. 1. driving to madness or frenzy: a maddening thirst. 2. infuriating or exasperating: his maddening indifference to my pleas. 3. raging; furious: a maddening wind. [1735 45; MADDEN + ING2] * *… …   Universalium

  • maddening — [[t]mæ̱dənɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe something as maddening, you mean that it makes you feel angry, irritated, or frustrated. Shopping in the January sales can be maddening... It is, in its way, a maddening biography. Syn: infuriating… …   English dictionary

  • maddening — mad•den•ing [[t]ˈmæd n ɪŋ[/t]] adj. 1) driving to madness: maddening thirst[/ex] 2) vexing: maddening apathy[/ex] mad′den•ing•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

  • Maddening — Madden Mad den, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Maddened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Maddening}.] 1. To make mad; to drive to madness; to drive to insanity; to craze. [1913 Webster] 2. To make very angry; to enrage; to excite violently with passion. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • maddening — mad|den|ing [ˈmædənıŋ] adj very annoying = ↑infuriating ▪ maddening delays >maddeningly adv ▪ He moved carefully and maddeningly slowly …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • maddening — mad|den|ing [ mædnıŋ ] adjective 1. ) making you feel very angry 2. ) attractive but annoying: He gave her that maddening smile of his. ╾ mad|den|ing|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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