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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n derangement the act of disturbing the mind or body "his carelessness could have caused an ecological upset","she was unprepared for this sudden overthrow of their normal way of living"
    • n derangement a state of mental disturbance and disorientation
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n derangement The act of deranging, or the state of being deranged; a putting out of order; disturbance of regularity or regular course; disorder.
    • n derangement Disorder of the intellect or reason; insanity.
    • n derangement Synonyms Irregularity, confusion. Lunacy, madness, etc. See insanity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Derangement disorder; insanity
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  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “My case is a species of madness, only that it is a derangement of the Volition, and not of the intellectual faculties.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. déranger (L. dis), asunder, and ranger, to rank.


In literature:

Like a spear-point embedded in a living body, it inflamed all around it and deranged every vital function.
"The Framework of Home Rule" by Erskine Childers
He had not learned to count the cost of deranging the fragile sympathy of the hearth.
"Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Morley
Industry was deranged and many tribes forced to take refuge in caves and other hiding places.
"The Negro" by W.E.B. Du Bois
Indeed, the minds of men over whom calamities hang, became deranged and out of order.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
On the following day he seemed at times wild, and partially deranged.
"Charles Duran" by The Author of The Waldos
They were the delusions of his deranged mind.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
No; for it saved the poor woman the trouble of getting up and deranging her work to chase rolling balls of yarn around the room.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
A newly-married woman with whom I was acquainted took a sudden fit of mental derangement, and screamed and talked violently to herself.
"Folk Lore" by James Napier
I often saw her: she was very dear and sweet to me, and had quiet eyes the very reverse of a person mentally deranged.
"An Englishwoman's Love-Letters" by Anonymous
At first when I see you to-day I am a little derange.
"A Voyage of Consolation" by Sara Jeannette Duncan
Is he absolutely deranged, think you?
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
Thomas Dalton as might be expected, swayed by the capricious impulse of his unhappy derangement, did not accompany her to his father's cabin.
"The Black Prophet: A Tale Of Irish Famine Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
If the mind be disordered, we may often look for its seat in some corporeal derangement.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
Train services were seriously deranged by the German approach to Amiens.
"The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry" by G. K. Rose
They were to keep their eyes open for any slightly deranged person who might seek an entrance.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Train service through Williamsport was seriously deranged all day Tuesday.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
It will be supposed then to have been only temporary derangement.
"Newton Forster" by Captain Frederick Marryat
The liver becomes deranged, and loss of health and strength are at once apparent.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
My sister wrote, that disappointment and anxiety had had such an effect upon him that he was deranged in his intellect.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
Society is so interdependent that thousands are affected seriously by every derangement of industry.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe

In poetry:

That the future's no calamitous change
But a malingering of now,
Histories, towns, faces that no
Malice or accident much derange.
"A Woman Unconscious" by Ted Hughes
Crazy resonant warbling ran riot,
And the voice of this plain-looking songster
Sowed derangement, ecstatic delight
In the depth of the mesmerised copsewood.
"White Night" by Boris Pasternak
You left North Haven, anchored in its rock,
afloat in mystic blue…And now—you've left
for good. You can't derange, or rearrange,
your poems again. (But the sparrows can their song.)
The words won't change again. Sad friend, you cannot change.
"North Haven" by Elizabeth Bishop

In news:

Virginia Postrel, Texas, Land Use, and Krugman Derangement .
The Rise of UN Derangement Syndrome.
Romney derangement syndrome (on the right).
Corn on "Hardball": Huckabee's Obama Derangement Syndrome.
Michael Gerson has an excellent piece in the Washington Post taking the talking heads to task for their Brit Hume derangement syndrome.
Romney Derangement Syndrome His GOP adversaries are criticizing private-sector success.
Republicans' derangement couldn't come at worse time.
Deranged fan killed guitar hero and three others at Columbus, Ohio show.
Dowdy Portia de Rossi, deranged Ashley Judd worst dressed (gallery).
Sure, there's the deranged pleasure of watching undead puppets maim and mangle innocent drivers.
Glenn Beck is only the latest of the deranged people, movements and governments that, inevitably, find their way to anti- Semitism .
Regulating how to prevent a mentally deranged person from buying a gun appears to be impossible.
Letters to the Editor Nathaniel Batchelder Some argue that Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot by a deranged individual and that violent political speech had nothing to do with the murders.
An impressionable teenaged girl discovers an urban myth about a deranged serial killer and begins to fear she may be his next victim.
'Seven Psychopaths' review: Bring your deranged sense of humor.

In science:

Let ∆ denote the derangements in the coset xG.
Derangements in simple and primitive groups
If g ∈ G1, then g a derangement on Y implies that g is a derangement on X .
Derangements in simple and primitive groups
Thus, the proportion of elements with a unique fixed point is at most 1 − 1/t, whence at least half the remaining elements must be derangements.
Derangements in simple and primitive groups
We next randomly construct a derangement, say D.
Obtaining hamilton cicuits in graphs and digraphs
The proof of Claim 2 follows the outline of a similar calculation, with the numbers dn replaced by the derangement numbers Dn, shown to the author by A. de Acosta .
Volumes of symmetric random polytopes
We will show that the dimension of H (j) n (M ) is equal to the number of derangements with exactly j cycles.
A Hodge decomposition for the complex of injective words
H (k) n (M )) equals the number of derangements with exactly k cycles.
A Hodge decomposition for the complex of injective words
For small values of n, he notes that the nullspace of the transition matrix has dimension equal to the number of derangements of n and that the nullspace, as an Sn -module, carries the same representation, up to a sign twist, as the representation that appears on the righthand side of Theorem 1.1.
A Hodge decomposition for the complex of injective words
Webb, Combinatorics of the bar resolution: the complex of words without repetition, a derangement representation, and a spectral sequence in the cohomology of groups, Preprint 2002. [So] L.
A Hodge decomposition for the complex of injective words
In this paper, we solve a strong version of the Boston-Shalev conjecture on derangements in simple groups for most of the families of primitive permutation group representations of finite simple groups (the remaining cases are settled in two other papers of the authors and applications are given in a third).
Bounds on the number and sizes of conjugacy classes in finite Chevalley groups with Applications to Derangements
Key words and phrases. number of conjugacy classes, simple group, Chevalley groups, partition, derangements, generating function.
Bounds on the number and sizes of conjugacy classes in finite Chevalley groups with Applications to Derangements
Recall that a permutation is called a derangement if it has no fixed points.
Bounds on the number and sizes of conjugacy classes in finite Chevalley groups with Applications to Derangements
These bounds are used in [LOST] to finish the proof of the Ore conjecture and are more than sufficient for our proof of the Boston-Shalev conjecture on derangements.
Bounds on the number and sizes of conjugacy classes in finite Chevalley groups with Applications to Derangements
We will then combine these results with our results on class numbers to obtain very strong results on the proportion of derangements in actions of simple and almost simple groups.
Bounds on the number and sizes of conjugacy classes in finite Chevalley groups with Applications to Derangements
Jonsson, which says that the rank of the unique nontrivial homology group of the Rees product of a truncated Boolean algebra of degree n and a chain of length n − 1 is the number of derangements in Sn .
Rees products and lexicographic shellability