What does insanity mean?

Definitions for insanity
ɪnˈsæn ɪ tiin·san·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. insanitynoun

    relatively permanent disorder of the mind

Wiktionary

  1. insanitynoun

    The state of being insane; madness.

  2. Etymology: A three-part word (root 'sane', prefix 'in-' meaning 'not', suffix '-ity', meaning 'the state of'). Derived from Latin precursory equivalents. Two possible candidates for construction order:

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insanitynoun

    the state of being insane; unsoundness or derangement of mind; madness; lunacy

  2. Insanitynoun

    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

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  1. Insanity

    Insanity, craziness or madness is a spectrum of behaviors characterized by certain abnormal mental or behavioral patterns. Insanity may manifest as violations of societal norms, including a person becoming a danger to themselves or others, though not all such acts are considered insanity. In modern usage insanity is most commonly encountered as an informal unscientific term denoting mental instability, or in the narrow legal context of the insanity defense. In the medical profession the term is now avoided in favor of diagnoses of specific mental disorders; the presence of delusions or hallucinations is broadly referred to as psychosis. When discussing mental illness in general terms, "psychopathology" is considered a preferred descriptor. In English, the word "sane" derives from the Latin adjective sanus meaning "healthy". The phrase "mens sana in corpore sano" is often translated to mean a "healthy mind in a healthy body". From this perspective, insanity can be considered as poor health of the mind, not necessarily of the brain as an organ, but rather refers to defective function of mental processes such as reasoning. Another Latin phrase related to our current concept of sanity is "compos mentis", and a euphemistic term for insanity is "non compos mentis". In law, mens rea means having had criminal intent, or a guilty mind, when the act was committed.

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  1. Insanity

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of insanity in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of insanity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of insanity in a Sentence

  1. Oliver Wendell Holmes:

    Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtaxed.

  2. Albert Einstein:

    Insanity is repeating the same behavior and expecting different results, but if at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

  3. R. D. Lang:

    Insanity -- a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.

  4. Erich Fromm:

    Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. Patriotism is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by patriotism I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one's own nation, which is the concern with the nation's spiritual as much as with its material welfare --never with its power over other nations. Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one's country which is not part of one's love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship.

  5. Sam Levenson:

    Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children.

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