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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. 2017.
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  • A force seized and flung him, distorted and disoriented, to infinity.

    Assignment's End Roger Dee
  • Moran went along the disoriented passages of the Malabar to the lock.

    Planet of Dread Murray Leinster
  • The overlay of his, what, his inner beauty on that exterior, it disoriented her.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • They are disoriented and do not seem to understand the questions put to them.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • In spite of himself he slept again, and roused, feeling ill and disoriented, in total dark.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
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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