English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'disorder'

(noun) 
Definition
an illness
a rare nerve disorder that can cause paralysis of the arms
Synonyms
illness
She returned to her family home to recover from an illness.
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disease
illnesses such as heart disease
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complaint
Eczema is a common skin complaint.
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condition
Doctors suspect he may have a heart condition.
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sickness
a sickness that affects children
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ailment
The pharmacist can assist you with the treatment of common ailments.
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affliction
Hay fever is an affliction that arrives at an early age.
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malady
He was stricken at twenty-one with a crippling malady.
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infirmity
Older people often try to ignore their infirmities.
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(noun) 
Definition
a state of untidiness and disorganization
The emergency room was in disorder.
Synonyms
untidiness
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mess
Linda can't stand mess.
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confusion
The rebel leader seems to have escaped in the confusion.
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chaos
The country appears to be sliding towards chaos.
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havoc (informal)
The overturned lorry wreaked havoc on the roads.
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muddle
My thoughts are all in a muddle.
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clutter
She preferred her work area to be free of clutter.
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shambles
The economy is a shambles.
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disarray
He found the room in disarray.
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jumble
a meaningless jumble of words
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irregularity
a dangerous irregularity in her heartbeat
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disorganization
The army is suffering from low morale and disorganization.
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hotchpotch
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derangement
a condition brought on by the derangement of the nerve fibres
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hodgepodge
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pig's breakfast (informal)
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disorderliness
(noun) 
Definition
public violence or rioting
He called on the authorities to stop public disorder.
Synonyms
disturbance
During the disturbance, three men were hurt.
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fight
He got a bloody nose in a fight.
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riot
Twelve cars were destroyed during the riot.
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turmoil
a year of political turmoil
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unrest
The real danger is civil unrest in the east of the country.
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quarrel
I had a terrible quarrel with my other brothers.
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upheaval
a prolonged period of political upheaval
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brawl
He had been in a street brawl.
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clamour
Kathryn's quiet voice stilled the clamour.
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uproar
The announcement caused uproar in the crowd.
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turbulence
a region often beset by religious turbulence
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fracas
Several people were injured in the ensuing fracas.
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commotion
He heard a terrible commotion outside.
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rumpus
He had left before the rumpus started.
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tumult
the recent tumult in global financial markets
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hubbub
the hubbub over the election
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shindig (informal)
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hullabaloo
I was scared by the hullabaloo over my arrival.
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unruliness
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shindy (informal)
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bagarre (French)
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biffo (Australian, slang)
(verb) 
Synonyms
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upset
I was wondering whether that might upset my level of concentration.
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confuse
She was confused by this new turn of events.
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disturb
His notes had not been disturbed.
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unsettle
The presence of the two police officers unsettled her.
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mix up
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muddle
Already some people have begun to muddle the two names.
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clutter
I don't want to clutter the room up with too much junk.
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jumble
All our old clothes were jumbled together in the attic.
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confound
For many years medical scientists were confounded by these seemingly contradictory facts.
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mess up
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make hay of
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muss (US, Canadian)

Additional synonyms

in the sense of affliction
Definition
something that causes physical or mental suffering
Hay fever is an affliction that arrives at an early age.
in the sense of ailment
Definition
a slight illness
The pharmacist can assist you with the treatment of common ailments.
in the sense of brawl
Definition
a loud disagreement or fight
He had been in a street brawl.
Synonyms
row (informal),
scrap (informal),
punch-up (British, informal),
free-for-all (informal),
broil,
shindig (informal),
donnybrook,
ruckus (informal),
shindy (informal),
biffo (Australian, slang),
bagarre,
melee or mêlée

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