Insane In*sane", a. [L. insanus. See {In-} not, and {Sane}.] 1. Exhibiting unsoundness or disorder of mind; not sane; mad; deranged in mind; delirious; distracted. See {Insanity}, 2. [1913 Webster]

2. Used by, or appropriated to, insane persons; as, an insane hospital. [1913 Webster]

3. Causing insanity or madness. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Or have we eaten on the insaneroot That takes the reason prisoner ? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Characterized by insanity or the utmost folly; chimerical; unpractical; as, an insane plan, attempt, etc. [1913 Webster]

I know not which was the insane measure. --Southey. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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