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disorder

Roget category 59

1. Words expressing abstract relations
1.4. Order
›› 1.4.1. Order in general

#59. [Absence, or want of Order, &c.] Disorder

noun

disorderderangement etc. 61irregularityanomaly etc. (unconformity) 83anarchy, anarchism want of methoduntidiness etc. adj. — disuniondiscord etc. 24.
confusionconfusedness etc. adj. — mishmash, mixdisarray, jumble, huddle, litter, lumbercahotagefarragomess, mash, muddle, muss [U.S.], hash, hodgepodgehotch-potch, hotch-potimbroglio, chaos, omnium gatherum [Lat.], medleymere mixture etc. 41fortuitous concourse of atoms, disjecta membra [Lat.], rudis indigestaque moles [Lat.] [Ovid]. complexity etc. 59.1. turmoilferment etc. (agitation) 315 to-do, trouble, pudder, pother, row, rumble, disturbance, hubbub, convulsion, tumult, uproar, revolution, riot, rumpus, stour, scramble, brawl, fracas, rhubarb, fight, free-for-all, row, ruction, rumpus, embroilment, melee, spill and pelt, rough and tumblewhirlwind etc. 349bear garden, Babel, Saturnalia, donnybrook, Donnybrook Fair, confusion worse confounded, most admired disorder, concordia discors [Lat.]Bedlam, all hell broke loosebull in a china shopall the fat in the fire, diable a' quatre [Fr.], Devil to paypretty kettle of fishpretty piece of work [Fr.], pretty piece of business [Fr.].
[legal terms] disorderly persondisorderly persons offencemisdemeanor.
[moral disorder] slattern, slut (libertine) 962.

verb

be disorderly etc. adj. — ferment, play at cross-purposes.
put out of orderderange etc. 61ravel etc. 219ruffle, rumple.

adjective

disorderly, orderlessout of order, out of place, out of gearirregular, desultoryanomalous etc. (unconformable) 83acephalous, derangedaimlessdisorganizedstragglingunmethodical, immethodicalunsymmetric, unsystematicuntidy, slovenlydislocated out of sortspromiscuous, indiscriminatechaotic, anarchicalunarranged etc. (arrange) etc. 60confusedderanged etc. 61topsy-turvy etc. (inverted) 218shapeless etc. 241disjointed, out of joint.
troublousriotous etc. (violent) 173.
complex etc. 59.1.

adverb

irregularly etc. adj. — by fits, by fits and snatches, by fits and startspellmellhiggledy-piggledyhelter-skelter, harum-scarumin a fermentat sixes and sevens, at cross-purposesupside down etc. 218.

phrase

the cart before the horsehysteron proteron [Gr.]chaos is come againthe wreck of matter and the crush of worlds" [Addison].



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