1 untidy state
VERB + DISORDER throw sth into The country was thrown into disorder by the strikes.
PREP. in ~ He died suddenly, leaving his financial affairs in complete disorder.
PHRASES a state of disorder
2 violent behaviour
ADJ. major, serious | widespread | violent | civil, crowd, public, social | political
QUANT. outbreak There have been outbreaks of serious public disorder.
VERB + DISORDER create, lead to | quell Troops were sent in to quell the disorder. | prevent new restrictions aimed at preventing social disorder
ADJ. serious, severe | chronic | common, rare | genetic, inherited | blood, brain, etc. | circulatory, eating, etc. Anorexia is a common eating disorder. | behavioural, emotional, mental, nervous, personality, physical, psychiatric, psychological
VERB + DISORDER have, suffer from She suffers from a rare blood disorder. | treat
DISORDER + VERB affect sth disorders affecting the very old, such as senile dementia > Special page at ILLNESS