unhinged

adjective
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 The notion of Mengele as unhinged, driven by demons, and indulging grotesque and sadistic impulses should be replaced by something even more unsettling. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Revisiting Mengele’s Malignant “Race Science”," 15 June 2020 Even by his usual standards, Trump seems more unhinged than a toppling door. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Revolt of the Center-Right," 8 June 2020 Not like Homeland’s Carrie, whose unhinged cry face is an immortal meme. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Stop The Debate About TV’s Messy Women & Start The One About Who Gets To Play Them," 4 June 2020 The past week as people’s anxieties have skyrocketed, perhaps the relief doesn’t come from celebs crooning into a phone camera about imagining a world with no possessions or as one, but from them being just as unhinged and honest as the rest of us. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Gal Gadot Singing "Imagine" with a Bunch of Celebs Isn't Helping my Coronavirus Anxiety," 19 Mar. 2020 Deb's addiction leaves her unhinged, obsessive, and scaling actual walls to get out of rehab. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "11 One Tree Hill Moments Only True Fans Will Admit Were Truly Terrible," 19 May 2020 Shortly after burbling out his unhinged suggestions for investigating whether the coronavirus can be killed by mainlining household disinfectants or shooting burst of super light under the skin, Trump tried to walk that back. The Washington Post, "Chatological Humor with Gene Weingarten," 28 Apr. 2020 Esten really delivers an unhinged performance, but fans may recognize him from outside the sandy shores of the OBX. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "The Office–Outer Banks Crossover You Missed Makes For A Hilarious Backstory," 23 Apr. 2020 The two comedians have been playing Gil and George for years now, most notably in Kroll Show appearances, a Netflix special, and a delightfully unhinged Broadway run peppered with insanely famous celebrity guest stars. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "John Mulaney and Nick Kroll are launching an Oh, Hello podcast," 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of unhinged

1652, in the meaning defined above

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“Unhinged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhinged. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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