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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Moon-madness lunacy, supposed to be caused by sleeping in full moonlight
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. móna; cf. Ger. mond, L. mensis, Gr. mēnē.


In literature:

Upon my honor, you're a bold fellow to trust yourself alone with 'Mad Monkton' when the moon is at the full.
"The Queen of Hearts" by Wilkie Collins
Over a period of many, many moons they came, one by one, till the land grew mad with want and woe.
"Moon of Israel" by H. Rider Haggard
The November Moon was waxing, and when it was full, the November madness came.
"Wild Animals I Have Known" by Ernest Thompson Seton
And this last great sickness cured his madness: and he remembered whence he had come, and what befell him at Diamond City so many moons ago.
"Pierre And His People, [Tales of the Far North], Complete" by Gilbert Parker
With all your pudding-mixing and your potato-planting you are moon-mad like the rest of us.
"The Battle Ground" by Ellen Glasgow
I will believe your mad tales about traces of life in the moon; for that is science.
"Alarms and Discursions" by G. K. Chesterton
The state of "falling in love" is moon-madness.
"Happiness and Marriage" by Elizabeth (Jones) Towne
The moon madness caught up Ben like a flame, enthralling him as never before.
"The Sky Line of Spruce" by Edison Marshall
His head back, he looked out and up to a bow moon that raced madly with the train, and to far, pale stars that were still.
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
The November moon was waxing, and when it was full, the November madness came.
"Lobo, Rag and Vixen" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
The only articles we get from the moon, are moonlight and madness.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 1, August 7, 1841" by Various
The moon was shinin', and the woods was still, but Turk, he rushed out, and growled and barked like mad.
"Sevenoaks" by J. G. Holland
The white light of the moon lit up a face terrible beyond words in its pride, its sin, and its utter madness.
"The Crooked House" by Brandon Fleming
It was true that the distorted image of the moon floated dimly in the Pool, as though it had indeed been caught by the mad-woman, and drowned.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
It was full moon, and the moon makes her mad, she says.
"Fernley House" by Laura E. Richards
No moon-madness could make the cautious cat forget the menace of that smell.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
She clenched her hands in the dewy brilliance of the moon, as if she were mad.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
This girl has drawn the Emperor into a fit of moon-madness.
"The Princess Virginia" by C. N. Williamson
Now the one with which thou hast been associated so much is simply a human moon, to make men mad.
"With Ring of Shield" by Knox Magee
And he was neither waking nor sleeping, for the moon made him mad.
"Japanese Fairy Tales" by Grace James

In poetry:

Forgael. No, I am not mad -
If it be not that hearing messages
From lasting watchers, that outlive the moon,
At the most quiet midnight is to be stricken.
"A Dramatic Poem" by William Butler Yeats
Forgael. No, I am not mad—
If it be not that hearing messages
From lasting watchers, that outlive the moon,
At the most quiet midnight is to be stricken.
"The Shadowy Waters: The Shadowy Waters" by William Butler Yeats
He heard but the last words, nor could contend
One moment in reflection: for he fled
Into the fearful deep, to hide his head
From the clear moon, the trees, and coming madness.
"Endymion: Book II" by John Keats
What scourge smote from the stars
What madness from the moon?
That night we broke the bars
Was quintessential June,
When you and I beneath the trees
Bartered our bold virginities.
"Boo to Buddha" by Aleister Crowley
My flask of wine was ruby red
And swift I ran my sweet to see;
With eyes that snapped delight I said:
"How mad with love a lad can be!"
The moon was laughing overhead;
I danced as nimbly as a flea.
"Expectation" by Robert W Service
Thro' Syrian plains curtained with curling mist
The grass she trailed,
Where the shy floweret; by the dew-drop kissed,
Sweet blushing quailed;
And drowned in purple vales of amethyst
The moon-mad bulbuls wailed.
"The Dream Of Christ" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

The internet's favorite underdog engineer and mad scientist, Nikola Tesla, lends his name to a crater on the moon.
No such thing as full moon madness.
Werewolves have long been consigned to myth, but the idea of full moon madness has never quite gone away.
Why Wednesday's Full Moon Eclipse Won't Cause Madness .
Weei » Event Photos » Full Moon Margarita Madness at Margaritas in Framingham 8-1-12.
Twenty years of Full Moon madness with the Wicked party crew.