demented

adjective
de·​ment·​ed | \ di-ˈmen-təd How to pronounce demented (audio) \

Definition of demented

1 : mad, insane The advertising campaign for the movie version is trying to sell it as a prankish comedy, with the eccentric aunt who appears from nowhere as a demented Mary Poppins.— Pauline Kael … the violence was instigated directly by Serbian nationalists in Bosnia and in Belgrade as part of their demented project to separate the two intermixed ethnic communities once and for all,— Charles Simic
2 : affected by or exhibiting cognitive dementia At least one-third of people serving as caregivers for a demented husband or wife become chronically depressed.— Bennett D. Gurian

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Other Words from demented

dementedly adverb
dementedness noun

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Examples of demented in a Sentence

Many of the patients there were demented. In the movie, he plays a demented man trying to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Her demented ramblings are a symptom of her illness. He gave me a demented little smile. parents who are almost demented with worry
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Recent Examples on the Web When Crutcher instigates a plan to punish a student for his parents’ relentless pressure to change their son’s grade, Crutcher is pitched against three students out to uncover his demented schemes with a few of their own. Carole E. Barrowman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 May 2021 Rinee has a wonderfully distinctive and demented style. Wired Staff, Wired, 18 Mar. 2021 But there’s also a level of precision and progressiveness to the power delivery that makes the whole demented package work surprisingly well. Basem Wasef, Car and Driver, 15 Dec. 2020 But this book is a lot more demented than a simple whodunnit. Megan Mccarthy, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2020 And where there are two Harley Quinns, the original, quite sane Harleen Quinzel, and a doppelganger, the demented Marian Drews. cleveland, 9 May 2020 The show’s ultimate depiction of Rock Hudson as a dumb-as-a-rock, barely sentient beefcake is one of its strangest choices; its decision to portray Vivien Leigh as a shrill maniac with a demented voice is yet another. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, 1 May 2020 In the elements, performing tasks, the climbers achieve a narrowness of focus—a lizard-brain braid of adrenaline, expertise, and choice—that becomes a demented kind of meditation: Zen, on ice. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 24 Feb. 2020 The deranged corporate messaging from the company itself, which slowly devolved from standard pablum to the demented ravings of a death cult. Julie Muncy, Wired, 17 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of demented

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for demented

see dementia

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The first known use of demented was in 1632

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“Demented.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demented. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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demented

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of demented

: not able to think clearly or to understand what is real and what is not real : crazy or insane

demented

adjective
de·​ment·​ed | \ di-ˈmen-təd How to pronounce demented (audio) \

Kids Definition of demented

demented

adjective
de·​ment·​ed | \ di-ˈment-əd How to pronounce demented (audio) \

Medical Definition of demented

: affected by or exhibiting cognitive dementia

Other Words from demented

dementedly adverb
dementedness noun

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