de·​range | \ di-ˈrānj How to pronounce derange (audio) \
deranged; deranging

Definition of derange

transitive verb

1 : to disturb the operation or functions of deranged by even the slightest damage
2 : disarrange hatless, with tie deranged— G. W. Stonier
3 : to make mentally unsound or insane stalked by a deranged fan

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Other Words from derange

derangement \ di-​ˈrānj-​mənt How to pronounce derangement (audio) \ noun

Examples of derange in a Sentence

being stranded at night on a lonely road would derange anyone the storage room had all been deranged by the earthquake, and it took hours to sort out things
Recent Examples on the Web Wilde tries to play Scruggs with bad-girl swagger but seems merely deranged. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "The People vs. Richard Jewell," 20 Dec. 2019 But the story used to sketch in such a bracing and dark vision of social critique and the collapse of civilization turns schizoid and deranged. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Fight Club': THR's 1999 Review," 15 Oct. 2019 Only someone completely deranged and delirious can negate that which the eyes can see. Washington Post, "Brazil’s Bolsonaro tells world leaders at the U.N. that the Amazon is not under fire, but full of riches," 25 Sep. 2019 Three years later, she is still deranged by mourning. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "American Dreams in “The Rose Tattoo” and “Soft Power”," 21 Oct. 2019 It is deranged, its pilot dense with improbable, hand-over-mouth twists. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "How The Politician’s Ruthless Satire Misses," 27 Sep. 2019 The new movie, directed by Joachim Rønning from a script by Linda Woolverton, Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, is yawningly dutiful in some respects and breathtakingly deranged in others. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer lock horns in ‘Mistress of Evil,’ an enjoyably deranged ‘Maleficent’ sequel," 15 Oct. 2019 During peak season, Aberdeen Fear Factory employs 50 to 60 actors per night—corpses, clowns and deranged lunatics roam the space deep into the night. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Anatomy of a Fright-Filled Horror House," 12 Oct. 2019 As horrifying as the clashes were between antifa and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, only the deranged would argue that the U.S. was descending into fascism. Josef Joffe, WSJ, "Is Germany Slouching Toward Weimar Again?," 23 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of derange

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for derange

French déranger, from Old French desrengier, from des- de- + reng line, row — more at rank entry 1

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31 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Derange.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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