disarray disarray  /ˌdɪs ə ˈreɪ/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior
  2. (n) untidiness (especially of clothing and appearance)
  3. (v) bring disorder to

Usage(s):

  1. The institution had fallen into disarray because of infighting and Angela is credited with rebuilding it to what it is today.
  2. The aggression of the home team left the visitors in complete disarray till Franklin snatched an improbable victory through his last minute goal.
  3. The markets were thrown into complete disarray after Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy.

News

  1. Cricket-Embattled Australia ditch rotation policy for Ashes

    SYDNEY, June 25 (Reuters) - Australia are shelving their controversial rotation policy for back-to-back Ashes campaigns that are in danger of falling into complete disarray barely two weeks prior to the opening test against England. Described as "informed player management" by national selector John Inverarity, the policy designed to safeguard key players from burn-out has drawn heavy criticism ...
    on June 25, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Tennis-Hewitt waltzes past Wawrinka to cheer Aussies

    (Writes through, adds quotes, details) By Toby Davis LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) - With their cricket team in disarray and rugby side playing catch-up, Mr Reliable Lleyton Hewitt gave Australia's suffering sports fans something to smile about as he upset 11th seed Stanislas Wawrinka at Wimbledon on Monday. Hewitt, who has dropped to 70 in the world, did not have to delve too deeply into his famed ...
    on June 25, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! Sports

  3. Hewitt Waltzes Past Wawrinka to Cheer Aussies

    With their cricket team in disarray and rugby side playing catch-up, Mr. Reliable Lleyton Hewitt gave Australia's suffering sports fans something to smile about as he upset 11th seed Stanislas Wawrinka at Wimbledon on Monday.
    on June 25, 2013     Source: New York Times

Quotes

  1. "The situation in Afghanistan is in obvious disarray and it's not because of personnel. It's because of policy," said US Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., according to The Associated Press. "The frustration expressed by McChrystal and his...
    on Jun 24, 2010 By: Dana Rohrabacher Source: AOL News

  2. "The president took us into this war recklessly," Webb said in the Democrats' response. "We are now, as a nation, held hostage to the predictable -- and predicted -- disarray that has followed."
    on Jan 23, 2007 By: James Henry Webb Source: ABC News

  3. "If I wouldn't have come out of that game, I don't think I would have broken the next one," he said. "My whole game was sort of in disarray. I was just hoping that I would get three quick serves to come back. I had to come up with some...
    on Jun 21, 2010 By: Roger Federer Source: The Guardian

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