Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A lack of order or regular arrangement; confusion.
  • noun A breach of civic order or peace; a public disturbance.
  • noun An ailment that affects the function of mind or body.
  • transitive verb To throw into confusion or disarray.
  • transitive verb To disturb the normal physical or mental health of; derange.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In logic, disagreement with every conceivable general rule whatever.
  • noun Lack of order or regular arrangement; irregularity; indiscriminate distribution; confusion: as, the troops were thrown into disorder; the papers are in disorder.
  • noun Tumult; disturbance of the peace of society; breach of public order or law.
  • noun Neglect of rule; disregard of conventionality.
  • noun Morbid irregularity, disturbance, or interruption of the functions of the animal economy or of the mind; physical or mental derangement; properly, a diseased state of either mind or body that does not wholly disable the faculties; but it is often applied more comprehensively.
  • noun A specific or particular case of disorder; a disease; a derangement, mental or physical: as, gout is a painful disorder.
  • noun Mental perturbation; temporary excitement or discomposure; agitation.
  • noun Synonyms Disarrangement, disorganization, disarray, jumble.
  • noun Commotion, turbulence, riotousness.
  • noun 4 and Illness, ailment, complaint, malady.
  • To destroy or derange the order of; derange; disturb the regular disposition or arrangement of; throw into confusion; disarrange; confuse.
  • To derange the physical or mental health of; bring into a morbid condition of body or mind; indispose.
  • To produce mental disturbance in; unsettle the mind of; perturb; agitate.
  • To derange the natural or regular functions of; throw out of order or balance; unsettle the normal condition of: as, to disorder one's liver; his mind is disordered.
  • To depose from holy orders.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Want of order or regular disposition; lack of arrangement; confusion; disarray
  • noun Neglect of order or system; irregularity.
  • noun Breach of public order; disturbance of the peace of society; tumult.
  • noun Disturbance of the functions of the animal economy or of the soul; sickness; derangement.
  • transitive verb To disturb the order of; to derange or disarrange; to throw into confusion; to confuse.
  • transitive verb To disturb or interrupt the regular and natural functions of (either body or mind); to produce sickness or indisposition in; to discompose; to derange.
  • transitive verb obsolete To depose from holy orders.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Absence of order; state of not being arranged in an orderly manner.
  • noun A disturbance of civic peace or of public order.
  • noun medicine A physical or psychical malfunction.

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

  • verb bring disorder to
  • noun a condition in which things are not in their expected places
  • noun a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning
  • noun a disturbance of the peace or of public order
  • verb disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

dis- +‎ order

Examples

  • If order is the rule in the universe, and what we term disorder is a particular kind of order e.g., an order too complex for us to describe at the present time, then many of our perceptions in science and life will need to change accordingly.

    The G.O.D. Experiments

  • We evidently see that motion, however regular in our mind, that order, however beautiful to our admiring optics, yields to what we term disorder, to that which we designate frightful confusion, as soon as new causes, not analogous to the preceding, either disturb or suspend their action.

    The System of Nature, Volume 2

  • Gen. Chiarelli is urging the Army and medical establishment to omit the word "disorder" from the condition widely known as post-traumatic stress disorder, to reduce the stigma and encourage affected soldiers and veterans to seek help.

    Army Suicide Rate Begins to Level Off

  • At that time, depression became more legitimized as "real" because of the effectiveness of Prozac, which showed that this disorder is a chemical imbalance, not the person just being lazy.

    A Talk with Paula Kamen, author of All in My Head

  • In many cases, this disorder is also misdiagnosed as reflux ....

    Something Else to Worry About: Eosinophilic Esophagitis

  • Yet what they label a disorder may in fact be a variation in sexual desire.

    OUR BODIES, OURSELVES

  • In a televised address to the people of Britain, the prime minister, Mr. Blair, said he ordered his nation's troops, 40,000 or so, into action to protect against a new threat of what he described as disorder and chaos.

    CNN Transcript Mar 20, 2003

  • So severely had she blamed the conduct of Mademoiselle de la Valliere, while often vehemently denouncing that which she termed the disorder at

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • As order then, a fixed order, we may say, subject to deviations real or apparent, must be admitted to exist in the whole Nature of things, that which we call disorder or evil as it seems to us, does not in any way alter the fact of the general constitution of things having a Nature or fixed order.

    The Philosophy of Antoninus, by George Long, M. A

  • As order then, a fixed order, we may say, subject to deviations real or apparent, must be admitted to exist in the whole nature of things, that which we call disorder or evil, as it seems to us, does not in any way alter the fact of the general constitution of things having a nature or fixed order.

    Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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