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


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

Origin of disoriented

Synonyms for 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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  • Moran went along the disoriented passages of the Malabar to the lock.

    Planet of Dread

    Murray Leinster

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

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

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

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


    Cory Doctorow

  • 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