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disarray

dis·ar·ray

disarray

 
 
pronunciation:
dIs reI
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: disarrayed, disarraying, disarrays
definition 1: to upset or throw into disorder or confusion.
synonyms:
disturb, mess, upset
antonyms:
array
similar words:
derange, disarrange, dishevel, disorder, disorganize, jumble, muss, rumple, scatter, scramble, unsettle
definition 2: to undress.
synonyms:
disrobe, undress
antonyms:
array
similar words:
strip
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: confusion or disorder.
During the big sale, the store dressing rooms were in constant disarray.
synonyms:
chaos, confusion, disorder
antonyms:
tidiness
similar words:
anarchy, clutter, jumble, mess, muddle, tangle, turmoil, upset
definition 2: disorderly dress.
synonyms:
dishabille, dishevelment
similar words:
disorder
Word Parts
The word disarray contains the following part:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-