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[dis-awr-ee-uh n-teyt, -ohr-] /dɪsˈɔr i ənˌteɪt, -ˈoʊr-/
verb (used with object), disorientated, disorientating.
to disorient.
1695-1705; dis-1 + orientate
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disorientation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disorientation
  • The ground is tilted at odd angles, creating a sense of disorientation.
  • Another danger the hatchlings face is what's called disorientation.
  • City dwellers can attest to the disorientation caused by light clutter, or groupings of bright lights.
  • The drug acts as a stimulant and causes hallucinations and disorientation.
  • Motion sickness usually combines elements of spatial disorientation, nausea and vomiting.
  • disorientation of movement and vision was a symptom of such poisoning.
  • With the silence and the darkness came disorientation.
  • The authors attribute the disorientation to the birds inability to see the lines in the cage.
  • Though the collective comprises ten different rappers, they all seem to agree enthusiastically on the power of disorientation.
  • There is a disorientation from ordinary processes that can have unpredictable effects on everyone concerned.
British Dictionary definitions for disorientation


verb (transitive)
to cause (someone) to lose his bearings
to perplex; confuse
Derived Forms
disorientation, noun
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Word Origin and History for disorientation

1860; see dis- + orientation.

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disorientation in Medicine

disorientation dis·o·ri·en·ta·tion (dĭs-ôr'ē-ěn-tā'shən)

  1. Loss of one's sense of direction, position, or relationship with one's surroundings.

  2. A temporary or permanent state of confusion regarding place, time, or personal identity.

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