de·​range | \ di-ˈrānj \
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 \ -​mənt \ 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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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 On the other side of the table sat a Latino man about Kiril’s age, early thirties, with an open smile that was either optimistic or mildly deranged. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Intermediate Class," 24 Mar. 2018 Tom Scocca’s deranged Weather Reviews embodied this principle best. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "Goodbye to Awl That," 18 Jan. 2018 Perry’s deranged 96-hour livestream last year crystallized the shtick: self-consciously wacky, steeped in self-help rhetoric, but also oddly casual, deadpan, and not-so-secretly tinged with desperation. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Zombie Cheer of the Revived American Idol," 12 Mar. 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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