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

Definition of unhinge

transitive verb

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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web This is another example of how unhinged the media has become in its quest to hurt President Trump and this Administration. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Calls for a presidential apology on US troop concussions go unanswered," 27 Jan. 2020 And if Trump had done so, the media — and the German — response would have been unhinged furor. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Is Germany Becoming Germany — Again?," 4 June 2019 Culled from this news duo’s sprawling video archive is a poignant L.A. story of a family in turbulence hovering over a city unhinged. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Taylor Swift doc among movies headed to 2020 Sundance Film Festival," 4 Dec. 2019 Climate change is a problem that should be dealt with, but the media’s unhinged rants and slavering coverage of Thunberg’s paranoia are needlessly terrifying impressionable children. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 26 Sep. 2019 Critics have complimented the film for its gritty, realistic portrayal and Phoenix’s unhinged performance. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "What to Know About the Controversy Surrounding the Movie Joker," 24 Sep. 2019 Catherine’s life becomes further unhinged with the arrival of her sister, Claire, who wants to sell their late father’s house and take Catherine to New York to get psychological help. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "PTL presents Pulitzer-winning drama that combines math, romance," 14 Nov. 2019 Mr Pattinson, though initially subdued, charts his character’s unhinging with ease: a showdown between himself and a pestering seagull ends in a shocking display of cruelty. A.l., The Economist, "“The Lighthouse”: an engulfing dive into madness," 18 Oct. 2019 Even Fox News is finally starting to cringe at Trump’s unhinged antics. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, "Trump: Gaslighter-in-chief," 6 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unhinge

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 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unhinge

: to make (someone) very upset or mentally ill

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