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 Meanwhile, a professor (Ron Cephas Jones) who’s been bugging Lisey to give him Scott’s papers unwittingly sics one of the author’s unhinged fans on her. Judy Berman, Time, 4 June 2021 The Cecily-Aidy-Kate triad has held on for a long time, but Gardner has managed to secure her place as an unhinged monster on occasion. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 27 May 2021 The louder and more unhinged Cedric Alexander is in his promos and mannerisms, the better a heel that will make him. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 24 May 2021 During firearms training, Brooks also witnesses an apparently unhinged cop manhandle and berate another student to the point of tears. Patrick Blanchfield, The New Republic, 25 May 2021 The downside is that the hearings could turn into the kind of unhinged circus staged by Trump's allies during his first impeachment process. Maeve Reston And Stephen Collinson, CNN, 21 May 2021 The solos are tight with Pop roaming around just looking for a way to come unhinged. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 20 May 2021 The portrayal of Biden as pitifully clueless is particularly creative coming from people who shrugged off Trump’s fantastical claims, nonstop lies, strange mispronunciations and unhinged rants. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, 5 May 2021 For the last century, anticommunism run amok helped repress legitimate and necessary alternatives, leaving nihilistic reaction and unhinged conjecture to fill the void. Astra Taylor, The New Republic, 6 May 2021

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First Known Use of unhinged

1652, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unhinged was in 1652

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8 Jun 2021

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“Unhinged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhinged. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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