[dis-awr-ee-en-tid, -ohr-]


confused as to time or place; out of touch: therapy for disoriented patients.

Nearby words

  1. disorganized,
  2. disorganized schizophrenia,
  3. disorient,
  4. disorientate,
  5. disorientation,
  6. disown,
  7. disparage,
  8. disparagement,
  9. disparaging,
  10. disparate

Origin of disoriented


[dis-awr-ee-ent, -ohr-]

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.

Origin of disorient

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

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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.

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