• House in disorder
    House in disorder
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj disorderly undisciplined and unruly "disorderly youths","disorderly conduct"
    • adj disorderly completely unordered and unpredictable and confusing
    • adj disorderly in utter disorder "a disorderly pile of clothes"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Fantasy of Disordered Imagination A Fantasy of Disordered Imagination

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In America, the most common mental illness is Anxiety Disorders
    • adv Disorderly In a disorderly manner; without law or order; irregularly; confusedly. "Withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly .""Savages fighting disorderly with stones."
    • Disorderly Not acting in an orderly way, as the functions of the body or mind.
    • Disorderly Not complying with the restraints of order and law; tumultuous; unruly; lawless; turbulent; as, disorderly people; disorderly assemblies.
    • Disorderly Not in order; marked by disorder; disarranged; immethodical; as, the books and papers are in a disorderly state.
    • Disorderly (Law) Offensive to good morals and public decency; notoriously offensive; as, a disorderly house.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In NYC, "it is disorderly conduct for one man to greet another on the street by placing the end of his thumb against the tip of his nose and wiggling the extended fingers of that hand."
    • disorderly Being without proper order or disposition; confused; unmethodical; irregular: as, the books and papers are in a disorderly state.
    • disorderly Not kept in restraint; unrestrained; tumultuous; turbulent.
    • disorderly Lawless; violating or disposed to violate law and good order, or the restraints of morality; specifically, so conducted as to be a nuisance; disreputable: as, a disorderly house. In criminal law disorderly is a technical term, which bystatute covers a variety of offenses against the public peace, order, morals, or safety.
    • disorderly Inclined to break loose from restraint; unruly: as, disorderly cattle.
    • disorderly Not acting in an orderly or regular way, as the functions of the body. Synonyms Confused, jumbled.
    • disorderly Without order, rule, or method; irregularly; confusedly; in a disordered manner.
    • disorderly In a manner violating law and good order; in a manner contrary to rules or established institutions.
    • n disorderly A person accused or guilty of disorderly conduct.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 19th century, craftsmen who made hats were known to be excitable and irrational, as well as to tremble with palsy and mix up their words. Such behavior gave rise to the familiar expression "mad as a hatter". The disorder, called hatter's shakes, was caused by chronic mercury poisoning from the solution used to treat the felt. Attacking the central nervous system, the toxin led to behavioral symptoms.
    • adj Disorderly out of order: in confusion: irregular: lawless: defying the restraints of decency
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  • Jean Cocteau
    “A car can massage organs which no masseur can reach. It is the one remedy for the disorders of the great sympathetic nervous system.”
  • Carl Jung
    “In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.”
  • Ben Weininger
    Ben Weininger
    “We must have the courage to allow a little disorder in our lives.”
  • Lao-Tzu
    “Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.”
  • Plato
    “Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “It is with disease of the mind, as with those of the body; we are half dead before we understand our disorder, and half cured when we do.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. desordre, des (= L. dis), neg., ordre, order.


In literature:

There are real evils enough, without your adding to them by those of a disordered fancy.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
My disorder is wearing off, and the quiet society of the Skenes suits with my present humour.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
Functional disorders tell another story.
"Outwitting Our Nerves" by Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
Not that I would encourage popular disorder, or any disorder.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
O wretched head, sordid with ringlets, how art thou disordered from long want of the bath!
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
Mental disorders were moral and legal problems rather than biological, social, and medical problems.
"A Psychiatric Milestone" by Various
We met with two instances of persons disordered in their minds; the one a man at Owhyhee, the other a woman at Oneeheow.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
Sleeman was then deputed on special duty to Bundelkhand to investigate the grave disorders in that province.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
Here the same disorder and irregularity prevailed as in his own character and conduct.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
So far as to this general cure for popular disorders.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke

In poetry:

A strong sea-wind flies up and sings
Across the blown-wet border,
Whose stormy echo runs and rings
Like bells in wild disorder.
"Illa Creek" by Henry Kendall
When sin disorders heavy brings,
That press thy soul with weight;
Then mind how many crooked things
Thy Husband has made straight.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
Who treads the loathsome sand-beach,
With wet, disordered hair;
With garments tangled with sea-weed,
And cheeks more pale than fair?
"By The Sea" by Frances Fuller Victor
``If wise will curb disorderly desire,
The Present hold the parent Past in awe,
Religion hallowing with its sacred fire
Freedom and Law.
"Victoria" by Alfred Austin
She bent her head against the wall
And tore her cheeks and loosened hair;
The bedding in disorder thrown
Her husband sees in wild despair
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
In these blest shades, O still maintain
Thy peaceful, unmolested reign!
Let no disorder'd thoughts intrude
On thy repose, sweet Solitude!
"The Search After Happiness. A Pastoral Drama" by Hannah More

In news:

A new study of Facebook users finds that using the social networking site may lead to poor body image and low self esteem, amplifying eating disorders: A majority are more conscious of body and weight.
Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatment of this potentially life-threatening disorder.
Men's struggles with eating disorders and body image.
Condemning model-thin imagery is a diversion from understanding eating disorders.
Elgin man's battle with eating disorder sheds light, breaks stereotypes.
Rob, 24, stands next to a self-portrait he did while being treated at a males-only eating-disorder facility near Milwaukee.
In recent years, websites that promote anorexia and advise people on how to maintain the disorder have appeared on the web.
Fan's of HBO's "The Sopranos" are familiar with the daughter of Tony Soprano, Meadow Soprano, but most were not aware that the actress, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, had a eating disorder that almost cost her job.
Miley Cyrus is thinner than ever, but not because she suffers from an eating disorder.
Eating disorders have a very high mortality rate.
Philadelphia, PA, January 8, 2008 – Schizophrenia is a developmental disorder with a large genetic component contributing to increased risk.
As a result, the investigators suggest that impaired sense of smell — or "olfactory" function — could be a marker for this severe personality disorder.
Signs you may have an anxiety disorder .
The Houston Rockets will meet with rookie forward Royce White on Monday to work out issues regarding his anxiety disorder .
Rockets to meet with White about his anxiety disorder .

In science:

When disorder is strong, liquid crystals are expected to have a finite correlation length , while in the weakly disordered case, quasi-long-range ordered glass phases can emerge [3, 7, 8].
Liquid crystals in random porous media: Disorder is stronger in low--density aerosils
First, we address the effective disorder strength in systems of continuous symmetry in porous media in the presence of random field and random anisotropy disorder, the latter being relevant for nematic liquid crystals.
Liquid crystals in random porous media: Disorder is stronger in low--density aerosils
The effective disorder strength at the scale ξ is the ratio of the typical disorder and elastic energies: hr (ξ ) = h(ξ )J (a)/J (ξ ) ∼ ξ df /2−d+2 .
Liquid crystals in random porous media: Disorder is stronger in low--density aerosils
The condition of weak disorder means two things: (1) the effective disorder at the pore size scale ξ is weak; (2) the renormalized disorder is weak at long length scales, i.e. ǫ = 4 − d is small.
Liquid crystals in random porous media: Disorder is stronger in low--density aerosils
When a fraction of spins are quenched, the system is effectively more disordered and it takes relatively smaller disorder in the quenched fields to produce the same effect as in a system with f = 0.
Hysteresis in Ferromagnetic Random Field Ising Model with an Arbitrary Initial State