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or (especially British) disorganise

[dis-awr-guh-nahyz] /dɪsˈɔr gəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), disorganized, disorganizing.
to destroy the organization, systematic arrangement, or orderly connection of; throw into confusion or disorder.
Origin of disorganize
1785-95; < French désorganiser, equivalent to dés- dis-1 + organiser to organize
Related forms
disorganizer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for disorganize
Historical Examples
  • Any of you ought to admit that Gulden's kind of work will disorganize a gang.

    The Border Legion Zane Grey
  • The advantage of prudes is that they disorganize the human race.

    The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo
  • In the October strike it had shown that it could disorganize the enemy, paralyze his will and utterly humiliate him.

    Our Revolution Leon Trotzky
  • Few diseases can so disorganize a household and distress its members.

    A Mind That Found Itself Clifford Whittingham Beers
  • The barometer in the hall was tapped with a regularity that was sufficient to disorganize its internal economy forever and a day.

  • They're just going to disorganize me, conventionalize me completely.

    This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • It was a reinforcement of the centre, but it was also a movement which tended to disorganize the Rebel lines.

    My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field Charles Carleton Coffin
  • The previous year of bloody and embittered conflict had gone far to disorganize the patriot army.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • The shock effect of the carriers had been enough to disorganize the aliens, but the battle was not over yet by a long shot.

    Despoilers of the Golden Empire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • I want to go back there to-night and dump burning gasoline on the buildings, to do enough damage to disorganize things a little.

British Dictionary definitions for disorganize


(transitive) to disrupt or destroy the arrangement, system, or unity of
Derived Forms
disorganization, disorganisation, noun
disorganizer, disorganiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for disorganize

1793, from French désorganiser, from dés- "not" (see dis-) + organiser "organize" (see organize). This word and related forms were introduced in English in reference to the French Revolution. Related: Disorganized; disorganizing; disorganization.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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