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[dis-awr-ee-uh n-teyt, -ohr-]
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verb (used with object), dis·o·ri·en·tat·ed, dis·o·ri·en·tat·ing.
  1. to disorient.
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Origin of disorientate

First recorded in 1695–1705; dis-1 + orientate
Related formsdis·o·ri·en·ta·tion, noun
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Related Words for disorientation

perplexity, confusion, disorientation, turmoil, bewilderment, embarrassment, turbulence, distraction, surprise, discombobulation, daze, bafflement, demoralization, pother, puzzlement, bemusement, flap, dither, chagrin, tumult

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Contemporary Examples of disorientation

Historical Examples of disorientation

  • The sense of disorientation set up by the tractors was subsiding.

    Alarm Clock

    Everett B. Cole

  • This morning, however, the sense of disorientation did not pass with full wakefulness.

    Monkey On His Back

    Charles V. De Vet

  • There was an elusive sense of disorientation, a feeling of something overlooked.

    The Short Life

    Francis Donovan

  • The feeling of disorientation and foreignness was new to Perry.


    Cory Doctorow

  • Disorientation is a state of mental confusion as to time, place, or identity.

British Dictionary definitions for disorientation



verb (tr)
  1. to cause (someone) to lose his bearings
  2. to perplex; confuse
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Derived Formsdisorientation, noun
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Word Origin and History for disorientation


1860; see dis- + orientation.

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disorientation in Medicine


  1. Loss of one's sense of direction, position, or relationship with one's surroundings.
  2. A temporary or permanent state of confusion regarding place, time, or personal identity.
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