- 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 disorienting
This is an ultimatum seeking a target in the disorienting matrix of asymmetric warfare.The History and Logic of Military Ultimatums, From Suez to Crimea
March 4, 2014
Isn't it disorienting when you see someone from your "weekend life" during the week?Seth Meyers Gets Off to a Rocky Start on 'Late Night'
February 25, 2014
Regardless, the action flashes back to them far too often, disorienting the film and screwing with its pace.‘Nymphomaniac,’ Lars von Trier’s Icy Orgy of Sex and Self-Loathing, Bows At Sundance
January 23, 2014
The delusions extend beyond the enigmatic, disorienting desert, with its mirages and its “great expanse of nonmeaning.”The 2013 Novel of the Year Is…
December 30, 2013
To the uninitiated, it can seem all too random, slapdash, or disorienting.This Is How an Episode of Cartoon Network’s ‘Adventure Time’ Is Made
December 19, 2013
Word Origin and History for disorienting
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