Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MADDING

Shut out from the madding crowd, one could breathe in comfort.

These love not the dhobi, and dwell by preference far from the madding crowd.

He said let's take a walk in the moonlight for the air was madding.

Each one is likely wondering what the other is doing so far from the madding crowd.

He finds Mexico somewhat far from his special "madding crowd."

And the best of all is that here one is "far from the madding crowd."

He eschewed the hum of cities and the roar of the ‘madding crowd.’

Here are a couple of chairs, and a table, far from the madding crowd.

They can not see the madding crowd, but they can enjoy the sunshine and hunt mice among the rubbish.

So far from the madding crowd, so secret and so storm-beaten, it gave evil-doers a sense of security.

WORD ORIGIN

present participle adjective from obsolete verb mad "to make insane; to become insane" (see madden); now principally in the phrase far from the madding crowd, title of a novel by Hardy (1874), who lifted it from a line of Gray's "Elegy" (1749), which seems to echo a line from Drummond of Hawthornden from 1614 ("Farre from the madding Worldling's hoarse discords").