Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A state of disorder; confusion.
  • n. Disorderly dress.
  • transitive v. To throw into confusion; upset.
  • transitive v. To undress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To throw into disorder; to break the array of.
  • v. To take off the dress of; to unrobe.
  • n. Want of array or regular order; disorder; confusion.
  • n. Confused attire; undress; dishabille.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Want of array or regular order; disorder; confusion.
  • n. Confused attire; undress.
  • transitive v. To throw into disorder; to break the array of.
  • transitive v. To take off the dress of; to unrobe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To undress or disrobe; divest, as of clothes or attributes.
  • To throw into disorder; rout, as troops.
  • To undress or strip one's self.
  • n. Disorder; confusion; loss or want of array or regular order.
  • n. Imperfect attire; undress.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bring disorder to
  • n. untidiness (especially of clothing and appearance)
  • n. a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior

Etymologies

From Middle English disareyen ("to disarray"), from Middle French desarroyer, from Old French desareer, from des- 'dis-' + areer 'to array' (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Divorce, troubled children, mother working, a house in disarray, is not successful home life.

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  • Their point guard situation is in disarray, which is certainly not what you want as you enter the NCAA tournament.

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  • The UN Copenhagen climate talks are in disarray today after developing countries reacted furiously to leaked documents that show world leaders will next week be asked to sign an agreement that hands more power to rich countries and sidelines the UN's role in all future climate change negotiations.

    POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: December 9, 2009

  • The Guardian: Copenhagen climate summit in disarray after 'Danish text' leak

    POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: December 9, 2009

  • During this 8 year debacle the following occured: our education was and still is in disarray, NOTHING was done about health care, 911 happened on their watch, we sent troops to war into the wrong country (any WMD's found yet?), Katrina hit and they watched it like a TV program barely lifting a hand for 1 week.

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  • And by Friday, he was back here, to prep for a Westwood film premiere, even as management at his home base, Paramount Pictures, was in disarray again.

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  • July 31st, 2009 11: 47 am ET there is very little about the organization and current shape of the GOP that does not appear in disarray

    DCCC campaign hits vulnerable GOP incumbents on health care

  • Everything's been in disarray ever since that Mansion Madam Lisa Taylor got busted.

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  • Two friends and colleagues, their hair still in wind-blown disarray from a shoreline geology field trip of San Diego Bay on a boat, full and happy from margaritas and a wonderful Mexican dinner, are heading to their respective rooms.

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  • The Republican Party is in disarray and liable to remain so since the rank and file are so polerized.

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