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[dis-awr-der] /dɪsˈɔr dər/
lack of order or regular arrangement; confusion:
Your room is in utter disorder.
an irregularity:
a disorder in legal proceedings.
breach of order; disorderly conduct; public disturbance.
a disturbance in physical or mental health or functions; malady or dysfunction:
a mild stomach disorder.
verb (used with object)
to destroy the order or regular arrangement of; disarrange.
to derange the physical or mental health or functions of.
Origin of disorder
First recorded in 1470-80; dis-1 + order
Related forms
predisorder, noun
1. disorderliness, disarray, jumble, litter, clutter. 3. riot, turbulence. 4. ailment, malady, illness, complaint, sickness, indisposition. 5. disarray, mess up, disorganize. 6. disturb, upset, confuse.
Synonym Study
3.Disorder, brawl, disturbance, uproar are disruptions or interruptions of a peaceful situation. Disorder refers to civil unrest or to any scene in which there is confusion or fighting: The police went to the scene of the disorder. A brawl is a noisy, unseemly quarrel, usually in a public place: a tavern brawl. A disturbance is disorder of a size as to inconvenience people: to cause a disturbance. An uproar is a tumult, a bustle and clamor of many voices, often because of a disturbance: a mighty uproar. Unabridged
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  • Her eyes were red with weeping, and her hair was in disorder.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • I hid behind the greenhouse doors, to see the meaning of this disorder.

  • From this peculiarity he names the disorder Convulsio spargens.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • A disorder which renders the sufferer unable to curb his tongue when you wish to talk.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • Her hair was pulled down in disorder, and all the dogs were allowed to bark at her.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
British Dictionary definitions for disorder


a lack of order; disarray; confusion
a disturbance of public order or peace
an upset of health; ailment
a deviation from the normal system or order
verb (transitive)
to upset the order of; disarrange; muddle
to disturb the health or mind of
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Word Origin and History for disorder

late 15c., from dis- "not" (see dis-) + the verb order (v.). Replaced earlier disordeine (mid-14c.), from Old French desordainer, from Medieval Latin disordinare "throw into disorder," from Latin ordinare "to order, regulate" (see ordain). Related: Disordered; disordering.


1520s, from disorder (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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disorder in Medicine

disorder dis·or·der (dĭs-ôr'dər)
A disturbance or derangement that affects the function of mind or body, such as an eating disorder or the abuse of a drug. v. dis·or·dered, dis·or·der·ing, dis·or·ders
To disturb the normal physical or mental health of; derange.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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