- to put out of array or order; throw into disorder.
- to undress.
- disorder; confusion: The army retreated in disarray.
- disorder of apparel.
Origin of disarray
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Examples from the Web for disarray
While Maye confidently presides over the public trial, her private life has fallen into disarray.Ian McEwan's New Novel Keeps Life at Arm's Length
September 11, 2014
As the world order falls into disarray, the U.S. must confront the fact that no other truly great power shares our values.Is Democracy Doomed Abroad?
August 31, 2014
Antisubmarine warfare (ASW) has not stagnated, but it shows signs of disarray.Tomorrow’s Stealthy Subs Could Sink America’s Navy
May 12, 2014
Nor will Hillary repeat the tactical blunders, disarray and mismanagement of her previous presidential effort.Yes, Pundits, Hillary Has the 2016 Nomination in the Bag
February 18, 2014
Well, here we are again—the Democrats are ‘in disarray,’ flailing on Obamacare.The Democrats Need to Stop Freaking Out About Obamacare and Take Charge
November 14, 2013
For a few seconds she lay in her helpless attitude and disarray.Dracula
Forgetful of every convention and of her disarray, she seized his hand.
About her she peered in vain for something to protect her disarray.
Beyond this disarray stood the easel, still holding the mother's portrait.Ewing\'s Lady
Harry Leon Wilson
Miss Tapp, unaware of the disarray of her nightgown, sat upright.Stopover Planet
Robert E. Gilbert
- confusion, dismay, and lack of discipline
- (esp of clothing) disorderliness; untidiness
- to throw into confusion
- archaic to undress
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Word Origin and History for disarray
early 15c., "disorder, confusion;" see disarray (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper