dis orient

disorient

[dis-awr-ee-ent, -ohr-]
verb (used with object)
1.
to cause to lose one's way: The strange streets disoriented him.
2.
to confuse by removing or obscuring something that has guided a person, group, or culture, as customs, moral standards, etc.: Society has been disoriented by changing values.
3.
Psychiatry. to cause to lose perception of time, place, or one's personal identity.

Origin:
1645–55; < French désorienter, equivalent to dés- dis-1 + orienter to orient

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disorient
1650s, from Fr. désorienter, from dés- "dis-" (see dis-) + orienter (see orient (v.)). Related: Disoriented; disorienting.
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