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disorient

[dis-awr-ee-ent, -ohr-]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to lose one's way: The strange streets disoriented him.
  2. 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.
  3. Psychiatry. to cause to lose perception of time, place, or one's personal identity.

Origin of disorient

1645–55; < French désorienter, equivalent to dés- dis-1 + orienter to orient
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disorient

v.

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.

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