disarray
I. noun Date: 15th century 1. a lack of order or sequence ; confusion, disorder <
the room was in disarray
>
2. disorderly dress ; dishabille II. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English disarayen, from Anglo-French desaraier, from des- dis- + arraier to array Date: 14th century 1. to throw into disorder 2. undress

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  • disarray — [dis΄ə rā′] vt. [ME disaraien < OFr desareer: see DIS & ARRAY] 1. to throw into disorder or confusion; upset 2. Archaic to undress n. [ME disarai < OFr desarroi] 1. an untidy condition; disorder; confusion …   English World dictionary

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