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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Once Upon a Time has been widely interpreted as an elegy for a beloved cinematic era that ended with the cultural shifts of the late ’60s, which were embodied by Manson’s curdled, deranged hippiedom. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Quentin Tarantino’s Ultimate Statement on Movie Violence," 2 Aug. 2019 These shooters were deranged and needed things like mental health treatment at least as much as the things Dionne argued for. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Dionne promotes agenda, fails to address gun control issue," 11 Aug. 2019 Nearly deranged with grief, the surviving Clare vows to track Hawkins through the wilderness and kill him. Ty Burr,, "In ‘The Nightingale,’ a bloody past confronts a complacent present," 7 Aug. 2019 Critics have described his thrillers, which were both produced and distributed by A24, as tormenting and deranged, but enthralling all the while. Sonia Rao,, "Indie studio breaks the rules of Hollywood," 8 Aug. 2019 Critics have described his thrillers, which were both produced and distributed by A24, as tormenting and deranged, but enthralling all the while. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "How the indie studio behind ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘Hereditary’ flourished while breaking Hollywood rules," 5 Aug. 2019 Not everyone who murders people en masse is deranged. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: This is America. We should be better than this. Do something.," 5 Aug. 2019 Quichotte is deranged by his constant exposure to the junk culture of today, just as his antecedent, Don Quixote, was made crazy by the junk culture of his time. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "Salman Rushdie on Corruption and the Opioid Crisis," 22 July 2019 And someone like me: small, physically inept, and – (according to many commenters) not too bright and/or possibly deranged – has no business wielding a gun. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Correcting the record on ammo and guns," 1 July 2019

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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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