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Schwitter, the nurseryman, had proved to have a wife in an insane asylum.

The adoration of her, and the insane desire of her, can be seen in every play he wrote from 1597 to 1608.

Advocated with more heat than light by the outmates of every asylum for the insane.

He, and he alone, in this insane city, will wait at table (the Chinaman doesn't count).

And the fancy was this: Are not the sane and the insane equal at night as the sane lie a dreaming?

It is insane, admirable, imposing; and it makes one feel proud.

His design then appeared to him insane, monstrous, polluting.

But only on condition that I gave up the 'insane' idea of remaining here.

He was afraid the man might be suffering from one of his insane attacks.

The only thing I am afraid of is that he may have one of his insane spells just as we are about to rescue him.

WORD ORIGIN

1550s, from Latin insanus "mad, insane; outrageous, excessive, extravagant," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + sanus "well, healthy, sane" (see sane). Originally only of persons; of actions, from 1842. Cf. lunatic; and Italian pazzo "insane," originally a euphemism, from Latin patiens "suffering." German verrückt, literally past participle of verrücken "to displace," "applied to the brain as to a clock that is 'out of order' " [Buck]. The noun meaning "insane person" is attested from 1786.

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