un·​hinged | \ˌən-ˈhinjd \

Definition of unhinged 

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

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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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But Barr has also been known for her unhinged, controversial tweets in recent years. Samantha Schmidt, chicagotribune.com, "Jimmy Kimmel: 'The Roseanne I know could probably use some compassion'," 31 May 2018 The son of a nomad, Qaddafi was born in a tent and often lived in one, liked to don dramatic military uniforms or traditional robes, and gave every sign of being mentally unhinged. Dexter Filkins, New York Times, "Why Libya Continues to Burn," 18 May 2018 Nicolas Cage has mesmerized audiences with his unhinged alter egos in plenty of movies, so why not go for it one more time? Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘Grace and Frankie’ and a Tribute to Lorraine Hansberry," 19 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of unhinged

1652, in the meaning defined above

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