unhinge

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v unhinge remove the hinges from "unhinge the door"
    • v unhinge disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed "She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unhinge To displace; to unfix by violence.
    • Unhinge To render unstable or wavering; to unsettle; as, to unhinge one's mind or opinions; to unhinge the nerves. "Why should I then unhinge my brains, ruin my mind?""His sufferings, nay the revolutions of his fate, had not in the least unhinged his mind."
    • Unhinge To take from the hinges; as, to unhinge a door.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unhinge To take from the hinges: as, to unhinge a door.
    • unhinge To displace; unfix by violence.
    • unhinge To unsettle; loosen; render unstable or wavering; discompose; disorder: as, to unhinge the mind; to unhinge opinions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Unhinge un-hinj′ to take from the hinges: to render unstable, to unsettle: to deprive of support
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Quotations

  • Julie De Lespinasse
    Julie De Lespinasse
    “You know that when I hate you, it is because I love you to a point of passion that unhinges my soul.”
  • Charles Dickens
    Charles%20Dickens
    “Oh the nerves, the nerves; the mysteries of this machine called man! Oh the little that unhinges it, poor creatures that we are!”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1st pref. un-, + hinge,

Usage

In literature:

He feared the strain of the last few weeks was unhinging his friend's mind.
"The Queen Against Owen" by Allen Upward
As a result of exposure and mental suffering, his mind becomes unhinged.
"An Introduction to Shakespeare" by H. N. MacCracken
It was only towards the end of the evening that Gaga, unhinged by excitement, became desperately pale, and confessed to a headache.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
It unhinged my nerves and destroyed my peace of mind while I was investigating it.
"The Galaxy, Volume 23, No. 2, February, 1877" by Various
His habitual principles of action are unhinged and out of joint with the time.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
But his violent ambition, and the thwarting to which it has been subjected, have unhinged his mind.
"Marguerite De Roberval" by T. G. Marquis
He fell slowly, like a man who is coming unhinged one joint at a time.
"Thompson's Cat" by Robert Moore Williams
It seemed as if they would be unhinged.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 94, August, 1865" by Various
There was a sudden snap as the giant's head tipped back as though unhinged.
"One-Way Ticket to Nowhere" by Leroy Yerxa
He always thought that on that day he was as mentally unhinged as a healthy young man can be.
"Fairfax and His Pride" by Marie Van Vorst
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In poetry:

The garden fence is broken down,
Unhinged the garden gate,
The roof of thatch has sunk and flown,
And all is desolate.
"Connelbush" by Alexander Anderson
"Envenom'd Passions all his thoughts unhinge!
The Slave of Vice must thy companion move;
If still he burns with thirst of dire Revenge,
Lawless Ambition, or unhallow'd Love.
"Love's Triumph" by Nathaniel Bloomfield

In news:

'Game Change': HBO movie depicts devoted and unhinged Sarah Palin.
UNHINGED : THE TROUBLE WITH PSYCHIATRY.
Robot squids, unhinged lumberjacks, and other charming specimens of vintage arcade art from NH's Funspot.
Arianna Says Tasini Loved Blogging for HuffPo, Tasini Says Arianna is ' Unhinged .
10 things you might not know about the unhinged .
Is the EPA unhinged .
Unhinged on the right.
Robert George & Friends: Scatenato ( Unhinged ).
Unhinged , and living next door.
WW presents Unhinged at the Hollywood Theatre.
An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy.
'Boom' costar Jason Miller seems unhinged.
" "Failure" is too harsh a word to describe kidneys in stage 3, and "failure" unhinges people.
In his weekly radio address on April 14, President Obama displayed his lifelong commitment to an ideological extremism of pure theory unhinged from reality.
UNHINGED: THE TROUBLE WITH PSYCHIATRY .
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