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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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

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This country is deranged — children who don’t want to starve become debtors before they’re 10. Char Adams,, "9-Year-Old Boy Pays Off School Lunch Debt for Classmates — and Sparks a National Discussion," 12 June 2019 That’s not to say that there aren’t the truly deranged among us. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Is 2018 really all about Russia?," 18 July 2018 Here, then is the anguished Dr. Calgary, who—unlike the Calgary in the novel—is deranged by grief over his wartime role working on the atomic bomb. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Ordeal by Innocence’ Review: A Suspect in the Family," 9 Aug. 2018 Our president can disrupt and derange people in a lot of ways. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Daily Intelligencer, "How Neil Gorsuch Became the Second-Most-Polarizing Man in Washington," 28 May 2018 People who experience milder manic episodes— called hypomania — can seem energetic and productive, rather than deranged. Liz Szabo, USA TODAY, "Kate Spade’s death ignites concern about rising suicide rate," 7 June 2018 Face/Off, as its unsubtle name implies, is about taking people’s faces off, specifically John Travolta’s mopey FBI agent Sean Archer and Nicolas Cage’s deranged terrorist Castor Troy. Lincoln Michel, GQ, "The Most Ridiculous '90s Action Movie Is on Netflix," 5 May 2018 Ironically, the mindset of Trump haters sometimes looks familiar to veterans of the 1990s, when much of the right became deranged over Bill Clinton, and countless investigations ensued. T.a. Frank, The Hive, "Why Trump May Yet Escape the Michael Cohen Freak Show," 20 Apr. 2018 But the Trump-deranged have only themselves to blame. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "‘Delegitimizing’ Mueller? Don’t Blame the Nunes Memo," 7 Feb. 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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