- raving; frenzied: now usually in the phrase far from the madding crowd, in a remote or secluded place: orig. in allusion to Thomas Gray's “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” (1751) and Thomas Hardy's novel Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)
- maddening; making mad
In a state of frenzy; frenzied: “far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife” (Thomas Gray).
- (archaic): Affected with madness; raging; furious.
- Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife. -Gray.
- The madding wheels Of brazen chariots raged. -Milton.
- Present participle of mad.