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[dis-awr-ee-en-tid, -ohr-] /dɪsˈɔr iˌɛn tɪd, -ˈoʊr-/
confused as to time or place; out of touch:
therapy for disoriented patients.
Origin of disoriented
distracted, mixed up, unstable, unhinged.


[dis-awr-ee-ent, -ohr-] /dɪsˈɔr iˌɛnt, -ˈoʊr-/
verb (used with object)
to cause to lose one's way:
The strange streets disoriented him.
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.
Psychiatry. to cause to lose perception of time, place, or one's personal identity.
1645-55; < French désorienter, equivalent to dés- dis-1 + orienter to orient Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Virtually anything that caused stress disoriented them, and they quickly descended into pre-meltdown conditions.
  • Unfortunately, governments seem to be almost as disoriented as everyone else at the moment.
  • If one bull gets separated, injuries usually occur as it becomes disoriented and charges.
  • The airplane went up at night and the aircrew quickly became completely disoriented.
  • Because it is a comedy, no one is disoriented for long, and all problems are resolved.
  • What you don't want is for him to get disoriented and not know which house is his.
  • The disoriented mind pronouncing itself whole is always a wonder to behold.
  • The hallway was filled with smoke and with coughing, bleeding people who were stumbling around, disoriented.
  • Tracking a disoriented senior's every move has never been easier.
  • The opposition is completely disoriented and sees how they might lose again the elections.
Word Origin and History for disoriented



1650s, from French désorienter "to cause to lose one's bearings," literally "to turn from the east," from dés- (see dis-) + orienter (see orient (v.)). Related: Disoriented; disorienting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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