un·hinged | \ ˌən-ˈhinjd \

Definition of unhinged 

: upset, unglued especially : mentally deranged attacked by an unhinged extremist

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Examples of unhinged in a Sentence

destined to become one of the nation's most notorious serial killers, he apparently became unhinged as a result of being abandoned as a young teen

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As if that weren’t enough, his son had disgraced himself by spreading an unhinged conspiracy theory involving child molestation, the Democratic Party, and a popular D.C. pizzeria. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Beautiful: This Former Criminal Just Got the Second Chance of a Lifetime," 10 July 2018 How desperate are these times, that refusing to quit in the face of a barrage of insults from your unhinged boss suddenly looks like moral courage? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "This Week in Washington: One Kim Visits, Another Writes, and the Despicable Behavior of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens," 3 June 2018 In 2013, Shane Black wrote and directed Iron Man 3, an unhinged, uninhibited sequel to a multi-billion dollar franchise (and multi-million dollar sub-franchise). Tom Philip, GQ, "Shane Black's The Predator Trailer Is Unchecked Mayhem," 26 June 2018 There's a certain level of the left now that has become utterly unhinged. Fox News, "Senate fight awaits Trump's Supreme Court pick," 10 July 2018 The appointment will go to Stephen Miller.) and charge him with educating America on the subtle differences between jokes and dangerous, unhinged statements. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Swaggy P goes one joke over the line," 25 June 2018 The crowd, knowing the game was shifting away from the Phillies, became unhinged. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies fall to Dodgers despite Vince Velasquez's strong start," 28 May 2018 This weekend’s unofficial start of summer also launches a season of dread for many Central Florida dog owners, whose four-legged companions become utterly unhinged by thunderstorms. Kate Santich, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Dogs terrified of thunderstorms: Summer brings season of discontent," 26 May 2018 And while the prospect of being re-acclimatized to Trump’s unhinged musings is a bittersweet one, Buckwalter-Poza, herself a lawyer, is pleased with the outcome. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Judge to Trump: Blocking Haters, Losers on Twitter Is Unconstitutional," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of unhinged

1652, in the meaning defined above

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