Derange Definition

deranged, deranges, deranging
deranged, deranges, deranging
To upset the arrangement, order, or operation of; unsettle; disorder.
Webster's New World
To upset (normal condition or functioning, as of a bodily organ).
American Heritage
To make insane.
Webster's New World
To cause to be psychotic or otherwise severely mentally unsound.
American Heritage

To cause someone to go insane (usually used in the passive, see deranged)


Origin of Derange

  • From French déranger, from Old French desrengier (“throw into disorder”), from des- + rengier (“to put into line”), from reng (“line, row”), from a Germanic source. See rank (noun).

    From Wiktionary

  • French déranger from Old French desrengier des- de- reng line (of Germanic origin sker-2 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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