de·​ranged | \ di-ˈrānjd How to pronounce deranged (audio) \

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1 : mentally unsound : crazy sense 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

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First Known Use of deranged

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Deranged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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: unable to think or act in a normal or logical way especially because of severe mental illness : crazy or insane

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