deranged

adjective de·ranged \ di-ˈrānjd \

Definition of deranged

1 : mentally unsound : crazy 2a
  • a celebrity being stalked by a deranged fan
  • After which we conclude that though it's satisfying to think we could murder our enemy in ambush (since it needs to be done), only a deranged or suicidal person would carry out such a plan.
  • —Richard Ford
  • "This man is deranged," I said to myself, very much frightened.
  • —Joseph Conrad
2 : disturbed or disordered in function, structure, or condition
  • My leg was propped up on a library chair at the time, as it was too deranged to bend.
  • —Cynthia Gorney
  • But other work indicates that, in addition, the B lymphocytes of lupus patients are inherently deranged
  • —Moncef Zouali
3 : wildly odd or eccentric
  • His life was crowded, rather than peacefully isolated, and certainly never of an Olympian detachment, even though he was capable of quite deranged gestures of show-offy extravagance—such as buying an enormous house, more suitable for a banker than a painter …
  • —Robert Hughes
  • Or you could take part in a deranged computer game where you had to cycle after a huge beach ball, scoop it up and throw it through a hoop, scoring points for each goal.
  • —Natasha Ellis

First Known Use of deranged

1771

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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