Meaning of Gadarene in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡadəriːn/


  • Involving or engaged in a headlong or potentially disastrous rush to do something.

    ‘the Gadarene rush to war in 1914’
    • ‘It was a Gadarene rush of highly-educated CEOs and Harvard MBAs.’
    • ‘As we report today, and as we have consistently argued throughout this Gadarene rush towards war, there has to be a justification for any attack.’
    • ‘A significant, perhaps indeed the most significant, factor in the Gadarene rush to war in 1914 was the rigidity that these mobilization imperatives introduced into both diplomatic and military calculations.’
    • ‘If the Government is to persist in this ill conceived Gadarene stratagem, how about a mission statement to complement it, such as ‘flirt with the feckless and woo the worthless.’’
    • ‘For the record, it was the Tories who started this Gadarene stampede, although they at least have the grace to repent of it now.’
    • ‘We are being joined in the Gadarene rush by none other than the Commission on Social Justice.’
    • ‘I imagine that Gadarene parents used the demoniac to scare their children into obedience like we do the boogeyman.’
    • ‘Although we have seen that we can dismiss a Gadarene school hypothesis, this does not necessarily preclude the development of a local satiric outlook.’


Mid 16th century (denoting a native or inhabitant of Gadara, a town in ancient Palestine near the Sea of Galilee): from New Testament Greek Gadarēnos ‘inhabitant of Gadara’, with reference to the story of the swine that rushed down a steep cliff into the sea (Matthew 8:28–34).