disarray

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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪsəˈɹeɪ/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪ

VerbEdit

disarray (third-person singular simple present disarrays, present participle disarraying, simple past and past participle disarrayed)

  1. (transitive) To throw into disorder; to break the array of.
    • 1726, Elijah Fenton, Odyssey
      Who with fiery steeds / Oft disarray'd the foes in battle ranged.
  2. (transitive) To take off the dress of; to unrobe.

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NounEdit

disarray (uncountable)

  1. Lack of array or regular order; disorder; confusion.
    • 2012 April 15, Phil McNulty, “Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea”, in BBC[1]:
      Tottenham pushed forward in an attempt to complete the recovery - but only succeeded in leaving themselves wide open to Chelsea's attacks and Redknapp's side ended in total disarray.
  2. Confused attire; undress; dishabille.

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