un·​hinge | \ˌən-ˈhinj \
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.

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Rudy Giuliani’s recent comments in interviews seem both unhinged and unhelpful. Sean Illing, Vox, "Did Rudy Giuliani just get Trump in legal trouble? I asked 11 legal experts.," 3 May 2018 Former followers said Alamo grew increasingly unhinged after his wife Susan died from cancer in 1982 at age 59. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Alamo cult survivor Benjamin Risha describes horrifying beatings in documentary: 'I wanted to know what life was like beyond this'," 4 July 2018 And look, as a general rule, Lakers fans are completely unhinged from reality. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Trusting the Lakers' Process in NBA Free Agency," 26 June 2018 Taxi Driver, for the uninitiated, is the 1976 Martin Scorsese film starring Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle, a man going unhinged in 1970s New York as his obsession with a young prostitute (Jodie Foster) builds to a violent climax. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Taxi Driver' writer has infused his new movie 'First Reformed' with with the tension you loved the first time around," 25 May 2018 Collette is virtuosic in the role, which requires her to be motherly, depressed, and unhinged by turns. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Hereditary is the terrifying arthouse horror film of the year," 1 June 2018 The premise is simple, yet unhinged: Ten women compete in a series of beauty pageant-like challenges. Courtney Lund, Marie Claire, "ABC's 'The Proposal' Is What Happens When 'The Bachelor' Meets 'The Handmaid’s Tale'," 20 June 2018 And then Candace delivers a fiery, slightly unhinged, and damning indictment of Michael Peterson and of the documentary itself. refinery29.com, "Candace Zamperini Is The Staircase's Most Polarizing Figure," 15 June 2018 According to him, humanity’s habit of transmitting cheery greetings into the cosmos is unhinged. Robin Sloan, The Atlantic, "I Played Fortnite and Figured Out the Universe," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of unhinge

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unhinge

: to make (someone) very upset or mentally ill

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