- 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.
- to destroy the order or regular arrangement of; disarrange.
- to derange the physical or mental health or functions of.
Origin of disorder
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Examples from the Web for disorder
But of course, many middle aged and older Afghans have more than enough experience of violence and disorder to be cautious.Afghanistan, We Hardly Knew You
December 8, 2014
And this is the prevailing attitude that white St. Louis fears the most: an all out riot, anarchy, lawlessness, disorder.Ferguson Tensions in Black and White
November 21, 2014
In Voodoo, the demarcation between life and death is more fluid; helping Voodoo followers create order out of disorder.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism
November 8, 2014
In a line of business built on meticulous order, the inner workings of Spinal Solutions were a study in disorder.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
If the doctor is biased, he may still classify it as a disorder that can lead to legal repercussions.Coming Out Kinky to Your Doctor, in Black and Blue
October 25, 2014
Her eyes were red with weeping, and her hair was in disorder.Weighed and Wanting
I hid behind the greenhouse doors, to see the meaning of this disorder.The Boy Life of Napoleon
From this peculiarity he names the disorder Convulsio spargens.
A disorder which renders the sufferer unable to curb his tongue when you wish to talk.
Her hair was pulled down in disorder, and all the dogs were allowed to bark at her.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
- 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
- to upset the order of; disarrange; muddle
- to disturb the health or mind of
Word Origin and History for disorder
1520s, from disorder (v.).
- A disturbance or derangement that affects the function of mind or body.
- To disturb the normal physical or mental health of; disturb or derange.