Definition of disarray in English:



mass noun
  • A state of disorganization or untidiness.

    ‘her grey hair was in disarray’
    ‘his plans have been thrown into disarray’
    • ‘Another handicap was the financial disarray that began to beset Germany.’
    • ‘All of this was taking place against a background of financial disarray for most of the clubs.’
    • ‘After much gnashing of teeth, people thought our game was in complete disarray.’
    • ‘A new documentary offers a fascinating glimpse inside a Dean campaign in disarray at a critical moment.’
    • ‘Furniture and papers were all jumbled together in disarray.’
    • ‘The room was in general disarray with rubbish strewn all over the floor.’
    • ‘The department had been in a state of financial disarray for at least four years, and possibly longer.’
    • ‘But when it comes to postwar Iraq it seems to be in complete disarray.’
    • ‘And that in turn implies a general disarray in the Brown chancellorship.’
    • ‘More books, tumbling off the shelves now, landing about the room in utter disarray.’
    • ‘She must've looked a mess, cheeks flushed and hair in disarray.’
    • ‘The police force is in total disarray, desperately in need of reorganization.’
    • ‘But the leadership and the entire organization is in total disarray at the moment.’
    • ‘The association soon fell into disarray due mainly to the petty in fighting among the less advanced worlds.’
    • ‘Celtic were a club in utter disarray before O'Neill arrived in Parkhead in 2000.’
    • ‘The election results and the general disarray showed that Blair continues to be very vulnerable.’
    • ‘Our residence in Baker Street had the reputation of being cluttered and in disarray, so perhaps he thought this was its normal appearance.’
    • ‘Steve loomed over her, his face puffed with exertion and his beard tangled and in disarray.’
    • ‘We compare that achievement to the National Party, which is in total and utter disarray.’
    • ‘But if the Labour Party thinks the Tories' disarray is long-lasting, they are deluded.’
    disorder, confusion, chaos
    disorganization, lack of order, discomposure, disunity
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[with object]
  • 1Throw into a state of disorganization or untidiness.

    ‘the inspection disarrayed the usual schedule’
    • ‘He pushed her chair in and kissed the top of her tangled and disarrayed hair.’
    • ‘On her way over she sees Kyle's form, lying disarrayed on his ‘bed’.’
    • ‘She looked gorgeous even now, her auburn hair slightly disarrayed around her face, less makeup on than normal.’
    • ‘K. is farther away from the water, and in the distance I can see the disarrayed sand from the first scene, near the water.’
    • ‘I still do not think Newman correct in the way he sets up Anglicanism, liberalism, and atheism as falling dominoes, but I have come to think that the Episcopal Church is disastrously disordered and disarrayed.’
    • ‘This made her seem disarrayed, as though she's spent the last hour or so lying in a haystack.’
    • ‘I know I might've looked a little unnerving, with my messy ponytail, slightly flushed cheeks from jogging and somewhat disarrayed clothes, but I was told I had a really friendly face!’
    • ‘He was disarrayed, confused, lost, and on the brink of an utter mental breakdown.’
    • ‘What we have here are certain individuals intent on disarraying the public gravitas of things.’
    • ‘Her dark hair was disarrayed in all directions about her head, and her icy blue eyes leered up at me from beneath a veil of hair.’
    • ‘Was she smiling like a Cheshire cat and counting her money or was she disheveled, upset, crying, disarrayed?’
    • ‘His blonde hair was disarrayed and his spectacles hung off his nose.’
    • ‘His caramel-colored hair was not styled today, making him appear slightly disarrayed and lending him a debonair, slightly rugged quality.’
    • ‘He is dressed in a formal black suit, that is rather disarrayed.’
    • ‘Heath walked in leisurely, his lips were swollen and his clothes slightly disarrayed.’
    • ‘He studied the uncontrolled panic on his pale, hawk-nosed face and caught a glimpse of his disarrayed dark hair as he sped towards himself.’
    • ‘Turning to look into the mirror, she saw her hair horribly disarrayed.’
    • ‘She ran a hand through her frizzy, disarrayed mane, a grin slowly appearing on her lips.’
    • ‘His boot were high up to his knees and his cloak hung disarrayed behind him.’
    disarrange, make untidy, bring into disarray, throw into disarray, bring into disorder, throw into disorder, disorganize, throw into a state of disorganization, turn upside-down, unsettle
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  • 2literary Undress (someone)

    ‘attendant damsels to help to disarray her’
    take someone's clothes off, strip, unclothe, disrobe
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Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French dissairay.