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Definition mentally imbalanced — often temporarily due to anger

Much more rarely (and typically in historic literature), derange can reference anything that is in disorder.
  • She has a deranged mind.
deranged = mentally imbalanced
  • She was deranged at the time of the shooting.
  • deranged = mentally imbalanced
  • Now, I pass to sick and deranged impressions; they are so strong, that I rely upon them; but there are spaces between them that I know nothing about, and they are not pervaded by any idea of time.
    Charles Dickens  --  Our Mutual Friend
  • "This man is deranged," I said to myself, very much frightened.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Under Western Eyes
  • The old kitchen floor never seems stained or spotted; the tables, the chairs, and the various cooking utensils, never seem deranged or disordered;
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • ...deranged the symmetry of the table,
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Now, I believe you would consider this girl to be a deranged idiot, correct?
    David Henry Hwang  --  M. Butterfly
  • deranged = mentally imbalanced
  • So Wilson was reduced to a man "deranged by grief" in order that the case might remain in its simplist form.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • I can hear myself-I'm mumbling like a deranged drunk.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • deranged = mentally imbalanced
  • His mother, who still had not had time to catch her breath, began to cough dully, her hand held out in front of her and a deranged expression in her eyes.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • deranged = mentally imbalanced
  • In some deranged way, Alex, I think I understand you.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • deranged = mentally imbalanced
  • If I didn't get a date, he'd stand off on one side with me all night long, firing questions like some deranged prosecutor.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • deranged = mentally imbalanced
  • Within a year there were fires on the ridges and deranged chanting.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • deranged = mentally imbalanced
  • or only a poor mad woman, misled by the delusion of a deranged mind?
    Collins, Wilkie  --  The Haunted Hotel
  • Either Guitar's disappointment with the gold that was not there was so deep it had deranged him, or his "work" had done it.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Only someone seriously deranged would do that.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • "I think he is a little deranged," said I, sadly.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • 'Do not let me derange you; pray be tranquil.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The kids flying by on bicycles steer clear of this barefoot old woman in her plastic babushka, but I can tell you she is not deranged.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • One of them took apart a radio and dropped the pieces into a stream, ate a butterfly, and cut the throat of a cat, because she was deranged.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye

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