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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class I. Words Expressing Abstract Relations
Section IV. Order
1. Order In General

59. [Absence or Want of Order, &c.] Disorder.

   NOUN:DISORDER; derangement [See Derangement]; irregularity; deray [archaic], deordination [rare]; anomaly (unconformity) [See Unconformity]; anarchy, anarchism; want of method; untidiness &c. adj.; disunion; discord [See Disagreement].
  CONFUSION; confusedness &c. adj.; mishmash, mix; disarray, jumble, topsyturvy, botch, huddle, litter, lumber; cahotage [F.]; farrago; mess, mash, muddle, muss [colloq., U. S.], hash, hodgepodge, hotchpotch, hotchpot; what the cat brought in [colloq., U. S.]; imbroglio, chaos, omnium-gatherum [colloq.], medley; mere mixture [See Mixture]; fortuitous concourse of atoms, disjecta membra [L.], rudis indigestaque moles [Ovid].
  COMPLEXITY; complexness &c. adj.; complexus, complication, implication; intricacy, intrication [rare]; perplexity; network, maze, labyrinth; wilderness, jungle; involution, raveling, entanglement, dishevelment; coil (convolution) [See Convolution]; sleave, tangled skein, knot, Gordian Knot, wheels, within wheels; kink, gnarl or knarl [obs.]; webwork.
  TURMOIL; ferment (agitation) [See Agitation]; to-do [colloq.], trouble, pudder [obs. or dial.], pother, row [colloq.], distrubance, convulsion, tumult, uproar, riot, rumpus [colloq.], stour [archaic], scramble, fracas, embroilment, mêlée [F.], spill and pelt, rough and tumble; whirlwind [See Wind]; bear garden, pandemonium, Babel, Saturnalia, Donnybrook Fair, confusion worse confounded, most admired disorder, concordia discors [L.]; Bedlam broke loose, hell broke loose; bull in a china shop; all the fat in the fire, diable à quatre [F.], Devil to pay; pretty kettle of fish; pretty piece of work, pretty piece of business.
  SLATTERN, slut, drab, dowdy, trollop, sloven, draggle-tail [colloq.].
   VERB:BE DISORDERLY &c. adj.; ferment, play at cross-purposes.
  PUT OUT OF ORDER; botch, derange [See Derangement]; drag from under the bed [colloq., U. S.]; ravel [See Crossing]; ruffle, rumple.
   ADJECTIVE:DISORDERLY, orderless; out of order, out of place, out of gear, out of kilter [colloq.]; irregular, desultory; anomalous (unconformable) [See Unconformity]; acephalous; aimless; disorganized; straggling; unmethodical, immethodical; unsymmetric, unsystematic; untidy, slovenly, messy [colloq.], hugger-mugger, dislocated; out of sorts; promiscuous, indiscriminate; chaotic, anarchic, anarchical; unarranged &c. (see arrange [See Arrangement]); confused; deranged [See Derangement]; topsy-turvy (inverted) [See Inversion]; shapeless [See Amorphism]; disjointed, out of joint; gnarled or knarled [obs.].
  COMPLEX, complexed; intricate, complicated, perplexed, involved, raveled, entangled, knotted, tangled, inextricable; irreducible.
  TROUBLOUS, tumultuous, turbulent; riotous (violent) [See Violence].
   ADVERB:IRREGULARLY &c. adj.; by fits, by fits and snatches, by fits and starts; pellmell; higgledy-piggledy; helter-skelter [colloq.], harum-scarum [colloq.]; in a ferment; at sixes and sevens, at cross-purposes; upside down [See Inversion].
  1. The cart before the horse; chaos is come again.
  2. The earth was without form and void.—Bible
  3. The wrecks of matter and the crush of worlds.—Addison