• Mad; adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence; not conforming to standards of thought, speech, and action derived by the conformants from study of themselves; at odds with the majority; in short, unusual. It is noteworthy that persons are pronounced mad by officials destitute of evidence that they themselves are sane.

    Ambrose Bierce (2009). “The Devil's Dictionary: Easyread Large Bold Edition”, p.184,