Definition of disarray in US English:

disarray

noun

  • A state of disorganization or untidiness.

    ‘her gray hair was in disarray’
    ‘his plans have been thrown into disarray’
    • ‘But if the Labour Party thinks the Tories' disarray is long-lasting, they are deluded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Steve loomed over her, his face puffed with exertion and his beard tangled and in disarray.’
    • ‘But when it comes to postwar Iraq it seems to be in complete disarray.’
    • ‘Our residence in Baker Street had the reputation of being cluttered and in disarray, so perhaps he thought this was its normal appearance.’
    • ‘But the leadership and the entire organization is in total disarray at the moment.’
    • ‘Furniture and papers were all jumbled together in disarray.’
    • ‘After much gnashing of teeth, people thought our game was in complete disarray.’
    • ‘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 department had been in a state of financial disarray for at least four years, and possibly longer.’
    • ‘The police force is in total disarray, desperately in need of reorganization.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The election results and the general disarray showed that Blair continues to be very vulnerable.’
    • ‘She must've looked a mess, cheeks flushed and hair in disarray.’
    • ‘A new documentary offers a fascinating glimpse inside a Dean campaign in disarray at a critical moment.’
    • ‘The room was in general disarray with rubbish strewn all over the floor.’
    • ‘We compare that achievement to the National Party, which is in total and utter disarray.’
    disorder, confusion, chaos
    disorganization, lack of order, discomposure, disunity
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Throw (someone or something) into a state of disorganization or untidiness.

    ‘the inspection disarrayed the usual schedule’
    • ‘What we have here are certain individuals intent on disarraying the public gravitas of things.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On her way over she sees Kyle's form, lying disarrayed on his ‘bed’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His caramel-colored hair was not styled today, making him appear slightly disarrayed and lending him a debonair, slightly rugged quality.’
    • ‘Was she smiling like a Cheshire cat and counting her money or was she disheveled, upset, crying, disarrayed?’
    • ‘K. is farther away from the water, and in the distance I can see the disarrayed sand from the first scene, near the water.’
    • ‘He was disarrayed, confused, lost, and on the brink of an utter mental breakdown.’
    • ‘She ran a hand through her frizzy, disarrayed mane, a grin slowly appearing on her lips.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She looked gorgeous even now, her auburn hair slightly disarrayed around her face, less makeup on than normal.’
    • ‘He is dressed in a formal black suit, that is rather disarrayed.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Turning to look into the mirror, she saw her hair horribly disarrayed.’
    • ‘This made her seem disarrayed, as though she's spent the last hour or so lying in a haystack.’
    • ‘Heath walked in leisurely, his lips were swollen and his clothes slightly disarrayed.’
    • ‘His blonde hair was disarrayed and his spectacles hung off his nose.’
    • ‘He pushed her chair in and kissed the top of her tangled and disarrayed hair.’
    • ‘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 Strip (someone) of clothing.

    ‘attendant damsels to help to disarray her’
    take someone's clothes off, strip, unclothe, disrobe
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French dissairay.

Pronunciation

disarray

/ˌdɪsəˈreɪ//ˌdisəˈrā/