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From dis- +‎ order. Middle English disordeine, from Old French desordainer, from Medieval Latin disordinare.

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disorder (countable and uncountable, plural disorders)

  1. Absence of order; state of not being arranged in an orderly manner.
    After playing the children left the room in disorder.
    • 1986, John le Carré, A Perfect Spy:
      It was a household in permanent and benevolent disorder, pervaded by the gentle thrill of religious persecution.
  2. A disturbance of civic peace or of public order.
    The class was thrown into disorder when the teacher left the room
    The army tried to prevent disorder when claims the elections had been rigged grew stronger.
  3. (medicine, countable) A physical or mental malfunction.
    Bulimia is an eating disorder.

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disorder (third-person singular simple present disorders, present participle disordering, simple past and past participle disordered)

  1. (transitive) To throw into a state of disorder.
  2. (transitive) To knock out of order or sequence.

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  1. ^ Jespersen, Otto (1909) A Modern English Grammar on Historical Principles (Sammlung germanischer Elementar- und Handbücher; 9)‎[1], volumes I: Sounds and Spellings, London: George Allen & Unwin, published 1961, § 6.64, page 203.

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