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


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]


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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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 Much of the Media may be corrupt, but the People truly get it! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 15, 2018 Some tweets seem to be trying a little too hard to capture that authentically unhinged Trump essence. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Report: Trump’s Tweets Include Intentional Grammatical Errors," 22 May 2018 Author Adam Mansbach used his own struggles as material for this very adult bedtime story, in which a loving dad becomes increasingly unhinged and profane. Redbook, ""Go the F--k to Sleep": Don't Swear at the Baby, Please!," 2 July 2011 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

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First Known Use of unhinged

1652, in the meaning defined above

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