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[dis-ahrm] /dɪsˈɑrm/
verb (used with object)
to deprive of a weapon or weapons.
to remove the fuze or other actuating device from:
to disarm a bomb.
to deprive of the means of attack or defense:
The lack of logic disarmed his argument.
to divest or relieve of hostility, suspicion, etc.; win the affection or approval of; charm:
His smile disarmed us.
verb (used without object)
to lay down one's weapons.
(of a country) to reduce or limit the size, equipment, armament, etc., of the army, navy, or air force.
Origin of disarm
First recorded in 1325-75; Middle English word from Old French word desarmer. See dis-1, arm2
Related forms
disarmer, noun
undisarmed, adjective Unabridged
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  • The first precaution that the corporal had taken was to disarm and bind his prisoners.

  • Many of them carried weapons of some sort, for the Chinese have scorned to disarm them.

    A Wayfarer in China Elizabeth Kendall
  • The first thing to do is to disarm the militia, then we can repress by force any attempt against our authority.

    Ponce de Leon William Pilling
  • But the fact that he had a young companion tended to disarm suspicion.

    A Cousin's Conspiracy Horatio Alger
  • This is done in order to disarm suspicion: facile descensus Averni—sed revocare gradum!

    From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe
British Dictionary definitions for disarm


(transitive) to remove defensive or offensive capability from (a country, army, etc)
(transitive) to deprive of weapons
(transitive) to remove the triggering device of (a bomb, shell, etc)
(transitive) to win the confidence or affection of
(intransitive) (of a nation, etc) to decrease the size and capability of one's armed forces
(intransitive) to lay down weapons
Derived Forms
disarmer, noun
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Word Origin and History for disarm

late 14c., from Old French desarmer (11c.), from des- (see dis-) + armer "to arm" (see arm (v.)). The figurative sense is slightly earlier in English than the literal. Related: Disarmed; disarming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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