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tr.v. de·ranged, de·rang·ing, de·rang·es
1. To disturb the order, arrangement, or functioning of: an asteroid impact large enough to derange the climate.
2. To upset (normal condition or functioning, as of a bodily organ).
3. To cause to be psychotic or otherwise severely mentally unsound.

[French déranger, from Old French desrengier : des-, de- + reng, line (of Germanic origin; see sker- in Indo-European roots).]

de·range′ment n.


1. the act of deranging or state of being deranged
2. disorder or confusion
3. (Psychiatry) psychiatry a mental disorder or serious mental disturbance
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.derangement - a state of mental disturbance and disorientation
insanity - relatively permanent disorder of the mind
2.derangement - the act of disturbing the mind or body; "his carelessness could have caused an ecological upset"; "she was unprepared for this sudden overthrow of their normal way of living"
disturbance - the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion


noun madness, mania, insanity, dementia, aberration, lunacy, delirium, loss of reason serious evidence of mental derangement


2. Serious mental illness or disorder impairing a person's capacity to function normally and safely:
Psychiatry: mania.
Psychology: aberration, alienation.
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[dɪˈreɪndʒmənt] N
1. (= disturbance) → desarreglo m
2. (Med) → trastorno m mental


Geistesgestörtheit f
(of order)Unordnung f, → Durcheinander nt


(diˈreindʒd) adjective
insane. His mind had become deranged as a result of his ordeal; mentally deranged.
deˈrangement noun


n., Fr. trastorno, desequilibrio mental, estado de confusión.
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It could not have been otherwise after the terrible derangement of the atmospheric strata, and the dispersion of the enormous quantity of vapor arising from the combustion of
The confusion thus produced on board, and the derangement of the cargo caused by this petty trade, stirred the spleen of the captain, who had a sovereign contempt for the one-eyed chieftain and all his crew.
Wrench came, but did not apprehend anything serious, spoke of a "slight derangement," and did not speak of coming again on the morrow.
Not only was there no tendency to brain disease-- there was not even a perceptible derangement of the nervous system.
Unhappiness, almost mental derangement, was visible on his mobile, rather handsome face, while without even noticing Anna's coming in, he went on hurriedly and hotly expressing his views.
"More cruel advantage may be taken of the nervous derangement from which you are suffering in the climate of this place.
His clothing was in disorder, his hair fell across his forehead in a derangement which was at once uncanny and picturesque.
It had a turn for quacking and squeaking,--that chair had,--either from having taken cold in early life, or from some asthmatic affection, or perhaps from nervous derangement; but, as she gently swung backward and forward, the chair kept up a kind of subdued "creechy crawchy," that would have been intolerable in any other chair.
Albert had himself presided at the arrangement, or, rather, the symmetrical derangement, which, after coffee, the guests at a breakfast of modern days love to contemplate through the vapor that escapes from their mouths, and ascends in long and fanciful wreaths to the ceiling.
It's simply physical derangement. Just a glass of beer, a piece of dry bread--and in one moment the brain is stronger, the mind is clearer and the will is firm!
No one knew me, for I disguised my voice, and no one dreamed of the silent, haughty Miss March (for they think I am very stiff and cool, most of them, and so I am to whippersnappers) could dance and dress, and burst out into a `nice derangement of epitaphs, like an allegory on the banks of the Nile'.
I cannot say why I felt so wildly wretched: it must have been temporary derangement; for there is scarcely cause.