disorder

/dis awr"deuhr/, n.
1. lack of order or regular arrangement; confusion: Your room is in utter disorder.
2. an irregularity: a disorder in legal proceedings.
3. breach of order; disorderly conduct; public disturbance.
4. a disturbance in physical or mental health or functions; malady or dysfunction: a mild stomach disorder.
v.t.
5. to destroy the order or regular arrangement of; disarrange.
6. to derange the physical or mental health or functions of.
[1470-80; DIS-1 + ORDER]
Syn. 1. disorderliness, disarray, jumble, litter, clutter. 3. riot, turbulence. DISORDER, BRAWL, DISTURBANCE, UPROAR are disruptions or interruptions of a peaceful situation. DISORDER refers to civil unrest or to any scene in which there is confusion or fighting: The police went to the scene of the disorder. A BRAWL is a noisy, unseemly quarrel, usually in a public place: a tavern brawl. A DISTURBANCE is disorder of a size as to inconvenience people: to cause a disturbance. An UPROAR is a tumult, a bustle and clamor of many voices, often because of a disturbance: a mighty uproar. 4. ailment, malady, illness, complaint, sickness, indisposition. 5. disarray, mess up, disorganize. 6. disturb, upset, confuse.

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(as used in expressions)
obsessive compulsive disorder
post traumatic stress disorder

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