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demented

Line breaks: de|men¦ted
Pronunciation: /dɪˈmɛntɪd
 
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Definition of demented in English:

adjective

1Suffering from dementia.
Example sentences
  • The diagnosis of an independent depressive disorder becomes difficult in the demented patient.
  • High level of disability is associated with major depression, in both demented and nondemented people.
  • On the flip side, cognition has improved in demented or impaired people given nutritional support.
1.1 informal , chiefly British Behaving irrationally due to anger, distress, or excitement: she was demented with worry
More example sentences
  • To me, it seemed like demented torture, and not very flattering.
  • They fell in the gaily lit hall with a flutter like demented birds attempting flight.
  • I probably looked more than a little demented, come to think of it.
Synonyms
British sectionable
British informal barmy, crackers, barking, barking mad, round the twist, off one's trolley, as daft as a brush, not the full shilling, one sandwich short of a picnic
Canadian & Australian/New Zealand informal bushed
New Zealand informal porangi

Origin

mid 17th century: past participle of earlier dement 'drive mad', from Old French dementer or late Latin dementare, from demens 'out of one's mind'.

Derivatives

dementedly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Some way into the forest Kira stopped abruptly, pressed her nose to the earth and began to dig dementedly.
  • His mother and favourite sister had died of tuberculosis in 1868 and 1877 respectively, and his father - driven close to insanity with grief - became almost dementedly pious.
  • I started to laugh quietly, resentfully, dementedly.

dementedness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • I feel the need to comment on the dementedness of the human species every once in a while.
  • Your name will become synonymous with sheer dementedness, as lesser men whisper your name in terror.
  • But, when we do feel a slight bit dazed, it seems as though this dementedness is part of the film's charm.

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