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Definition of the noun disorientation

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noun - plural: disorientations

  1. a wild delusion (especially one induced by a hallucinogenic drug)
  2. confusion (usually transient) about where you are and how to proceed; uncertainty as to direction
    • example: his disorientation was the result of inattention
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic terms: confusedness / confusion / disarray / mental confusion / muddiness = a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior
    • more specific term: culture shock = a condition of disorientation affecting someone who is suddenly exposed to an unfamiliar culture or way of life or set of attitudes

Alternative definition of the noun disorientation


  1. the loss of one's sense of direction, or of one's position in relationship with the surroundings
  2. a state of confusion with regard to time, place or identity
  3. a delusion

Specialised definition of the noun disorientation

Glossary of sports

feeling lost or confused, especially with regard to direction or position, sometimes as a result of a head injury (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


"Disorientation" is a 2012 short, drama, romance film written and directed by Caitlin Stickels.

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Google previewRehabilitation of Visual Disorders After Brain Injury (2010)

2nd Edition by Josef Zihl

Visual spatial disorientation is the difficulty of locating oneself in relation to visual space. Topographical disorientation is the inability to recognise the spatial arrangements of a familiar room or of landmarks. Visual spatial attention refers to the ...

Google previewPsychiatry: PreTest Self-Assessment and Review (2000)

by Giulia Mezzacappa

Disorientation is an impairment of awareness of time, place, or person.

Disorientation is a typical finding in cognitive disorders such as delirium and dementia but it is not usually found in primary psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.

Google previewOutlines of Psychiatry (1909)

by William Alanson White

Disorientation is the reverse of this condition and implies a lack of apprehension of these three aspects of the environment either singly or together. DISORDERS OF THE CONTENT OF THOUGHT. Delusion. — A delusion is a false belief, but ...

Google previewSoft Computing in Human-Related Sciences (1999)

by Horia-Nicolai L Teodorescu, Abraham Kandel, Lakhmi C. Jain

Disorientation is a type of behavior generated when encountering a new and strange object. When it occurs, it is not known whether an ...

Google previewThe Cinema of Terry Gilliam (2013)

It's a Mad World by Jeff Birkenstein, Anna Froula, Karen Randell

Disorientation is the leitmotif of the Gilliam film, the root of which is a world overburdened with complexity, such that it is irrational. This portrayal of the experience of contemporary modernity is exaggerated by Gilliam to the point of grotesquery.

Google previewArtificial Gravity (2007)

by Gilles Clément, Angeli Bukley

Spatial disorientation is a common human factor in aviation accidents, such as those designated “controlled-flight-into-terrain” (see Benson 1988, Previc and Ercoline 2004 for review). There is evidence that adaptation to weightlessness ...

Google previewRisking Truth (2008)

Reshaping the World through Prayers of Lament by Scott A. Ellington

The move from orientation to disorientation is a move away from community and into isolation. First of all, the psalm writer often finds himor herself cut off physically and emotionally from the community's worship and is rejected both by the ...

Google previewNursing Assistant: A Nursing Process Approach - Basics (2009)

by Barbara Hegner, Barbara Acello, Esther Caldwell

Disorientation (Disordered Consciousness) Disorientation is a condition in which a person shows a lack of reality awareness with regard to time, person, or place (Figure 30-9). It may be mild or severe, temporary or ...

Google previewBedside Manna (2013)

by Martin Winbolt-Lewis

Disorientation is a common experience on the wards. Amidst all the signs, instructions and the guides who accompany people to elusive destinations, people do find most hospitals maze-like. It can be most disorientating. Sometimes hospitals ...

Google previewHalloween Nation (2011)

Behind the Scenes of America's Fright Night by Lesley Pratt Bannatyne

Disorientation is the point. Of everything. Walk forty feet down a completely dark hallway that's only two-feet wide.

Google previewMainstreaming Torture (2014)

Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States by Rebecca Gordon

detention centers, “disorientation is a tool of interrogation and therefore a way of life,” reported the Times. “To that end, the building [at Bagram]—an unremarkable hangar—is lighted 24 hours a day, making sleep almost impossible,” ...

Google previewBlack's Medical Dictionary (2009)

by Harvey Marcovitch

Disorientation. Orientation inamedical sense includesaperson's awareness of time andplacein relation to him- orherselfand others,the recognition of personalfriendsand familiar places, and the ability to remember at least some past ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Parkinson's Disease (2009)

by Anthony D. Mosley

headache, hallucinations, vivid dreams drowsiness, dizziness, disorientation disorientation, confusion, dependence, sleep disturbances when medication is stopped medications to treat Parkinson's 171 interactions). These can range from .

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Materials Science (2002)

Structure and Characterization of Polycrystalline Materials by Vladimir Novikov

disorientation Mutual arrangement of two identical crystal lattices defined as follows.

Google previewConcise Medical Dictionary (2015)

by Elizabeth Martin

disorientation. n. the state produced by loss of awareness of space, time, or personality. It can be the result of drugs, mental ...

Google previewA Concise Encyclopaedia of Psychiatry (2012)

by D. Leigh, C.M. Pare, J. Marks

Disorientation is a loss of bearings in terms of time, space or identity, and is recognized by the observation of behaviour and the responses to test questions. Orientation for time is checked by asking the day, date, month and year ...

Google previewINS Dictionary of Neuropsychology (1999)

by David W. Loring, Kimford J. Meador

Disorientation to time and place. Confusional state. Condition involving alterations in level of arousal, disturbances of attention, and impairment in the logical stream of thought. It typically has a short time course and is commonly associated ...

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Quotes about Disorientation

Future shock is the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time. (Alvin Toffler)
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The value of this 14-letter word is 15 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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