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DISORIENTATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does disorientation mean? 

DISORIENTATION (noun)
  The noun DISORIENTATION has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: DISORIENTATION used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISORIENTATION (noun)


Sense 1disorientation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A wild delusion (especially one induced by a hallucinogenic drug)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

disorientation; freak out

Hypernyms ("disorientation" is a kind of...):

delusion; hallucination (a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea)


Sense 2disorientation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Confusion (usually transient) about where you are and how to proceed; uncertainty as to direction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

his disorientation was the result of inattention

Hypernyms ("disorientation" is a kind of...):

confusedness; confusion; disarray; mental confusion; muddiness (a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "disorientation"):

culture shock (a condition of disorientation affecting someone who is suddenly exposed to an unfamiliar culture or way of life or set of attitudes)


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