unhinged

adjective

un·​hinged ˌən-ˈhinjd How to pronounce unhinged (audio)
: highly disturbed, unstable, or distraught
attacked by an unhinged extremist
Somewhere along the way, her pursuit of a hot guy turned into unhinged obsession.Cosmopolitan
"Is this a new brand of humour? Or is your brain really unhinged?" inquired Tommy.Agatha Christie
see also unhinge

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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Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unhinged was in 1652

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“Unhinged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhinged. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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