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'''Insanity''' refers to being afflicted by a [[mental disorder]] or severde [[mental illness]]. [[Madness]] is an outdated term meaning the same. It can be used metaphorically to refer to the extreme stupidity or unworkability of ideas without necessarily implying that the proposer suffers literally from insanity.  For example, "the insanity of [[liberal]] tax-and-spend proposals."
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'''Insanity''' refers to being afflicted by a [[mental disorder]] or severe [[mental illness]]. [[Madness]] is an older term for the same concept. It can be used metaphorically to refer to the extreme stupidity or unworkability of ideas without necessarily implying that the proposer suffers literally from insanity.  For example, "the insanity of [[liberal]] tax-and-spend proposals."
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The term insanity is no longer in use in the medical community, though it is still in use in American law. 
  
 
[[Category:Psychology]][[Category:Mental health]][[Category:Psychiatric Disorders]]
 
[[Category:Psychology]][[Category:Mental health]][[Category:Psychiatric Disorders]]

Revision as of 19:17, 3 November 2008

Insanity refers to being afflicted by a mental disorder or severe mental illness. Madness is an older term for the same concept. It can be used metaphorically to refer to the extreme stupidity or unworkability of ideas without necessarily implying that the proposer suffers literally from insanity. For example, "the insanity of liberal tax-and-spend proposals."

The term insanity is no longer in use in the medical community, though it is still in use in American law.