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Definitions of disorder

  1. disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed; " She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill"
  2. bring disorder to
  3. a disturbance of the peace or of public order
  4. condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning; " the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder"; " everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time"
  5. a condition in which things are not in their expected places; " the files are in complete disorder"
  6. Want of order or regular disposition; lack of arrangement; confusion; disarray; as, the troops were thrown into disorder; the papers are in disorder.
  7. Neglect of order or system; irregularity.
  8. Breach of public order; disturbance of the peace of society; tumult.
  9. Disturbance of the functions of the animal economy of the soul; sickness; derangement.
  10. To disturb the order of; to derange or disarrange; to throw into confusion; to confuse.
  11. To disturb or interrupt the regular and natural functions of ( either body or mind); to produce sickness or indisposition in; to discompose; to derange; as, to disorder the head or stomach.
  12. To depose from holy orders.
  13. Want of order or arrangement; lack of system; irregularity; breach of public order; confusion; riot; mental or physical disease.
  14. To throw into confusion; disarrange.
  15. Want of order: confusion: disturbance: breach of the peace: disease.
  16. To throw out of order: to disarrange: to disturb: to produce disease.
  17. Confusion; disturbauce; disease.
  18. To throw into confusion; make sick.
  19. To throw out of order; disarrange; derange.
  20. Disarrangement; disorderliness; disease.
  21. A disturbance of the peace.
  22. Want of order; confusion; turbulence or disturbance of social order; neglect of rule; breach of laws; disturbance of the functions of the animal economy; disease; discomposure or derangement of the mind; turbulence of passions.
  23. To throw into confusion; to disturb the functions of; to disturb the mind; to derange.
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Quotes of disorder

  1. If we ask a vague question, such as, 'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer, such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,' or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder – A. R. Ammons
  2. It is thus tolerance that is the source of peace, and intolerance that is the source of disorder and squabbling. – Pierre Bayle
  3. Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is more or less strong tendency ordered to an intrinsic moral evil, and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder – Pope Benedict XVI
  4. My disorder has been attended with several symptoms of a consumption; and I have been at times apprehensive that my great change was at hand: yet blessed be God, I have never been affrighted; but, on the contrary, at times much delighted with a view of its approach. – David Brainerd
  5. Idleness is an inlet to disorder and makes way for licentiousness. People who have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company. – Jeremy Collier
  6. The policeman isn't there to create disorder the policeman is there to preserve disorder – Richard J. Daley
  7. Gaiety is a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine. – Denis Diderot
  8. Journalism constructs momentarily arrested equilibriums and gives disorder an implied order. That is already two steps from reality. – Thomas Griffith
  9. It was about this time that I began experiencing the beginnings of my battles with an anxiety disorder We were touring a lot and there were some developing personal problems within the band. – Jack Irons
  10. I have a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of my skin, it's something that I cannot help, OK? – Michael Jackson
  11. There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and to be served. – Jane Jacobs
  12. Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike. – Plato
  13. True stability results when presumed order and presumed disorder are balanced. A truly stable system expects the unexpected, is prepared to be disrupted, waits to be transformed. – Tom Robbins
  14. Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order, and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder – John Ruskin

Usage examples for disorder

  1. There was the work, all but finished, three new cabins standing alongside the other three, and all the disorder of choppings and bits of wood lying about. – Tom Slade at Black Lake by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  2. But to me alone was the nature and seat of the disorder known. – The Blue Flower, and Others by Henry van Dyke
  3. I busied myself with looking into the money affairs of my poor patron, and found them in great disorder – Dross by Henry Seton Merriman
  4. The minister himself met them at the door and ushered them into a room that from all appearances was meant to be used as a comfortable and cozy living room- even though there were some evidences of disorder which they knew their aunt would not have approved of. – Pearl and Periwinkle by Anna Graetz
  5. The grand jury, however, has its plain uses wherever political feeling leads to public disorder – The American Judiciary by Simeon E. Baldwin, LLD
  6. The two armies were so mingled now that the wild disorder proved a cover for escaping Confederates. – Ride Proud, Rebel! by Andre Alice Norton
  7. Montes turned the note over and over, recognized the writing, and was struck by a rational idea, which is sufficient evidence of the disorder of his brain. – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac
  8. What poet wrote 'the bright disorder of the stars is solved by music'? – Melomaniacs by James Huneker
  9. His cabin was recognized as a center of disorder and was generally avoided by decent people. – They of the High Trails by Hamlin Garland
  10. I will then come out of my station and make an attack in front; the enemy being so taken in the front and rear, will, even supposing we cannot master him, certainly be thrown into disorder – The Pirates Own Book by Charles Ellms
  11. Through it he will appear soon, with his hair in disorder and his mouth full of curses. – An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad
  12. Then how do you account for the disorder – Ranching for Sylvia by Harold Bindloss
  13. " I know not," replied his sister; " she sat behind me, and I knew nothing of her disorder till she fell as you see." – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  14. I, who long'd to see her, Directly follow'd; and no sooner enter'd, Than her disorder was, alas! – The Comedies of Terence by Publius Terentius Afer
  15. Meanwhile all is chaos, disorder half daring and half cowardice, in the Committee of his foes. – Zanoni by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  16. Tartar and Cossack shouted with glee; older Russian officers ordered the band to stop, and vainly tried to silence the disorder – With the "Die-Hards" in Siberia by John Ward
  17. The duchess walked to and fro, in great disorder – The Last Of The Barons, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  18. While his ranks were in disorder he was surprised by a Spanish attack, and practically his entire force was cut to pieces. – History of Holland by George Edmundson
  19. And whether it were the moral force of character, which acted upon Mr. Copley, or whether it were that his disorder had really run its length and that a returning tide of health was coming back to its channels, the sick man certainly was better. – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  20. Jean had been very domestic since her return from school, and all disorder had been frowned upon. – Jean of the Lazy A by B. M. Bower