un·​hinge ˌən-ˈhinj How to pronounce unhinge (audio)
unhinged; unhinging; unhinges

transitive verb

: to make unstable : unsettle, disrupt
unhinge the balance of world peace
pressure that would unhinge a less experienced person
: to remove from the hinges
unhinge a door

Examples of unhinge in a Sentence

the endless harassment by the guards completely unhinged the prisoners of war I was momentarily unhinged by the unexpected question.
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Word History

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unhinge was in 1612

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“Unhinge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhinge. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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un·​hinge ˌən-ˈhinj How to pronounce unhinge (audio)
: unsettle sense 2, disrupt
a mind unhinged by grief
: to remove (as a door) from the hinges

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