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disarray

[dis-uh-rey] /ˌdɪs əˈreɪ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to put out of array or order; throw into disorder.
2.
to undress.
noun
3.
disorder; confusion:
The army retreated in disarray.
4.
disorder of apparel.
Origin
late Middle English
1350-1400
1350-1400; (noun) late Middle English; Middle English disrai, d(e)rai < Anglo-French dissairay, Old French desaroi; (v.) Middle English disarayen < Anglo-French desaraier, Old French desareer; see dis-1, array
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Examples for disarray
  • Many historians have taken intense interest in recent reports about the office's alleged disarray.
  • Her work could throw fishing ethics into disarray.
  • While his work is a success, his personal life is in disarray.
  • For a time, the financing plan had been thrown into disarray.
  • Their chances are boosted by the disarray among other groups.
  • Our online news editor finds the opposition in disarray.
  • It threatens to repeal Moore's law and throw the processor industry into disarray.
  • Another reason for the great divide is franchises in seeming disarray.
  • One of his favorites: A struggling actor comes home to find his house in disarray and his wife in tears.
  • However, a string of leaders then drove the Caribbean country into disarray.
British Dictionary definitions for disarray

disarray

/ˌdɪsəˈreɪ/
noun
1.
confusion, dismay, and lack of discipline
2.
(esp of clothing) disorderliness; untidiness
verb (transitive)
3.
to throw into confusion
4.
(archaic) to undress
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Word Origin and History for disarray
v.

late 14c.; see dis- "lack of" + array. Perhaps formed on the analogy of Old French desareer.

n.

early 15c., "disorder, confusion;" see disarray (v.).

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