- confused as to time or place; out of touch: therapy for disoriented patients.
Origin of disoriented
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distracted, mixed up, unstable, unhinged.
- 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.
Origin of disorient
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Examples from the Web for disoriented
I was tired, my eyes burning from the road and kind of disoriented.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan
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His family believes he may be disoriented from a head injury he sustained last month, according to his sister.Will the NCAA Let Ohio State’s Kosta Karageorge Die in Vain?
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They testified that Sclove did not seem frightened or disoriented when she came back downstairs after getting dressed.Exclusive: Brown University Student Speaks Out on What It’s Like to Be Accused of Rape
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Neubauer says that she was numb and disoriented and scared to talk to the police.Spies, Lies, and Rape in the Air Force: An Undercover Agent's Story
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Even with a GPS, it was easy to get disoriented in a wadi, or to mistake one trail for another.The Fourth War: My Lunch with a Jihadi
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Moran went along the disoriented passages of the Malabar to the lock.Planet of Dread
A force seized and flung him, distorted and disoriented, to infinity.Assignment's End
They are disoriented and do not seem to understand the questions put to them.Benign Stupors
The overlay of his, what, his inner beauty on that exterior, it disoriented her.Makers
In spite of himself he slept again, and roused, feeling ill and disoriented, in total dark.Wilderness of Spring
Word Origin and History for disoriented
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