unhinged

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

Definition of unhinged

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unhinged

Synonyms

balmy, barmy [chiefly British], bats, batty, bedlam, bonkers, brainsick, bughouse [slang], certifiable, crackbrained, cracked, crackers, crackpot, cranky [dialect], crazed, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, daft, demented, deranged, fruity [slang], gaga, haywire, insane, kooky (also kookie), loco [slang], loony (also looney), loony tunes (or looney tunes), lunatic, mad, maniacal (also maniac), mental, meshuga (or meshugge), moonstruck, non compos mentis, nuts, nutty, psycho, psychotic, scatty [chiefly British], screwy, unbalanced, unsound, wacko (also whacko), wacky (also whacky), wud [chiefly Scottish]

Antonyms

balanced, compos mentis, sane, sound, uncrazy

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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

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That appeal is centrally oriented around Berninger, whose dark humor and melancholy baritone can erupt into harsh, electric yells and eccentric, borderline unhinged body language on stage. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: The National, Tori Kelly and more of the best and worst from the side stages on Day 5," 1 July 2019 Its loving embrace of such an unhinged figure was an early sign that the Republican Party was far more willing to tolerate qualities once thought to be disqualifying for public life than many people understood. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "John McCain Regrets His Palin Pick for the Wrong Reasons," 5 May 2018 Vardhana says the world is a bit unhinged since the advent of Trump. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The stars are lining up for astrological startups," 17 June 2019 And the president’s critics have a point in expressing concern about the somewhat unhinged nature of his public tone. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "As Europe Condemns Trump, Asia Takes a More Realistic View," 22 Feb. 2019 His anarchic, unhinged characters are typically marked by a coiled energy that gradually spins out of control. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "The Sociopathic Comedy of Brett Davis," 10 Apr. 2018 But Luther's villain, Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson), and Villanelle are two very, very different characters—Morgan's composure is in stark contrast to how unhinged Villanelle can be. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "8 TV Shows Like 'Killing Eve' to Binge If You Can't Wait for Season 2," 17 Jan. 2019 That film is about an unhinged, spurned mistress who uses the levers of reputation to wreak havoc on an irresponsible but ultimately redeemable man. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "In Dirty John, Connie Britton Brings a Cautionary Tale to Life—And According to Her, the Timing’s Never Been Better to Talk About Con Men," 23 Nov. 2018 Like Polonius's observation of Hamlet's unhinged ramblings, a reader could view McEwan's latest work as such a quixotic attempt. Liz Matthews, Town & Country, "Ian McEwan's 'Nutshell' is a Modern-Day 'Hamlet'," 28 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of unhinged

1652, in the meaning defined above

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