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 : suffering from 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for demented

Synonyms

balmy, barmy [chiefly British], bats, batty, bedlam, bonkers, brainsick, bughouse [slang], certifiable, crackbrained, cracked, crackers, crackpot, cranky [dialect], crazed, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, daft, deranged, fruity [slang], gaga, haywire, insane, kooky (also kookie), loco [slang], loony (also looney), loony tunes (or looney tunes), lunatic, mad, maniacal (also maniac), mental, meshuga (or meshugge), moonstruck, non compos mentis, nuts, nutty, psycho, psychotic, scatty [chiefly British], screwy, unbalanced, unhinged, unsound, wacko (also whacko), wacky (also whacky), wud [chiefly Scottish]

Antonyms

balanced, compos mentis, sane, sound, uncrazy

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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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Not because the dresses nodded to a demented Kim Novak or an inscrutable Eva Marie Saint. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Collections of the Fall 2019 Season," 8 Mar. 2019 Not because the dresses nodded to a demented Kim Novak or an inscrutable Eva Marie Saint. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top Shows of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2019," 25 Feb. 2019 The walls of the demented ballet school that serves as the film’s nightmarish setting are blood red, both inside and out. Aja Romano, Vox, "How Suspiria turns the color red into a plot point," 9 Nov. 2018 The demented brains behind the series appeared at this week's San Diego Comic Con with a new trailer in hand, which also confirms the film's full title: Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "First Invader Zim movie footage revealed, looks gloriously weird," 20 July 2018 Forky is an adorable, demented little spork outfitted with pipe-cleaner arms and a cute, squiggly face. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "First Toy Story 4 teaser introduces the internet’s newest hero, Forky," 12 Nov. 2018 Yes, all this violent catharsis is completely demented — but that’s a byproduct of the process of repression and release that the film explores, especially with regard to the pressures placed directly on the body through dance. Aja Romano, Vox, "How Suspiria turns the color red into a plot point," 9 Nov. 2018 The feed is demented and weird, at times indistinguishable from other Instagram meme accounts that hog all the bandwidth. Chris Gayomali, GQ, "Suiting Up with John Cena," 12 June 2018 Bourdain captures the world of restaurants and professionally cooked food in all its theatrical, demented glory. Deirdre Donahue, USA TODAY, "Our review: Anthony Bourdain's 'Kitchen Confidential' captured restaurants' demented glory," 8 June 2018

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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

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

: suffering from or exhibiting cognitive dementia

Other Words from demented

dementedly adverb
dementedness noun

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