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Definitions of insanity

  1. relatively permanent disorder of the mind Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Such a mental condition, as, either from the existence of delusions, or from incapacity to distinguish between right and wrong, with regard to any matter under action, does away with individual responsibility. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. See criminal insanity.
  4. Disorder of mind or intellect; lunacy; madness; extravagant folly. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. Want of sanity: state of being insane: madness. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Mental disorder; derangement; lunacy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. Unsoundness in mind; any degree of mental derangement. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for insanity

  1. Why, there is scarcely a Royal house in the world save our own, without its hereditary curse of disease or insanity – Temporal Power by Marie Corelli
  2. Henri Estienne, however, attributes the act to insanity or delirium. – A Short History of French Literature by George Saintsbury
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