un·​hinged | \ ˌən-ˈhinjd How to pronounce unhinged (audio) \

Definition of unhinged

: 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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Get an exclusive peek at the making of this summer's most unhinged horror-comedy. Clark Collis, EW.com, 3 Aug. 2022 Anders’ girlfriend, Oona, a yoga instructor, who is already feeling emotionally tapped out after the recent death of her twin brother and the strain of caring for her unhinged mother, doesn’t enliven matters with her own subdued reactions. Heller Mcalpin, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Aug. 2022 A dozen years later, a sense of impending breakdown has spread beyond the fringes, taking hold across a country that can at times feel dangerously unhinged. New York Times, 21 July 2022 Its evidence of criminal intent is too weak, and its tactic of conflating Trump’s state of mind with the unhinged words of extremists who reacted to his rhetoric is sleight-of-hand. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 16 July 2022 Still, stick with me here because, the results of this slightly unhinged plan are actually ... good? oregonlive, 15 July 2022 Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have crafted an intriguing, even playful battle of wits between the charming CIA assassin with a heart and his unhinged adversary. cleveland, 14 July 2022 The last time Glamour spoke with Jack Quaid, in 2019, the actor was in the midst of filming season two of The Boys, reprising his role as Hughie Campbell, the lovable, somewhat hapless nice boy among psychotic supes and unhinged vigilantes. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 1 July 2022 Trust HudMo to create something so unhinged yet so euphoric. Katie Bain, Billboard, 1 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unhinged

1652, in the meaning defined above

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7 Aug 2022

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“Unhinged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhinged. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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