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unhinged

[uhn-hinjd] /ʌnˈhɪndʒd/
adjective
1.
having no hinge or hinges, or with the hinges removed:
an unhinged gate.
2.
unsettled, disordered, or distraught:
He became unhinged when his friend died.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; (def 1) un-1 + hinged; (def 2) unhinge + -ed2

unhinge

[uhn-hinj] /ʌnˈhɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), unhinged, unhinging.
1.
to remove (a door or the like) from hinges.
2.
to open wide by or as if by removing supporting hinges:
to unhinge one's jaws.
3.
to upset; unbalance; disorient; throw into confusion or turmoil:
to unhinge the mind.
4.
to dislocate or disrupt the normal operation of; unsettle:
to unhinge plans.
5.
to detach or separate from something.
6.
to cause to waver or vacillate:
to unhinge supporters of conservative policies.
Origin
1605-15; un-2 + hinge
Related forms
unhingement, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unhinged

unhinge

/ʌnˈhɪndʒ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to remove (a door, gate, etc) from its hinges
2.
to derange or unbalance (a person, his mind, etc)
3.
to disrupt or unsettle (a process or state of affairs)
4.
(usually foll by from) to detach or dislodge
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Word Origin and History for unhinged
adj.

"thrown into confusion," 1719, past participle adjective from unhinge.

unhinge

v.

recorded earlier in the mental sense of "to disorder" the mind, etc. (1612) than in the literal one of "to take (a door, etc.) off its hinges" (1616); from un- (2) + hinge (v.). Related: Unhinged; unhinging.

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