- removing or capable of removing hostility, suspicion, etc., as by being charming: a disarming smile.
Origin of disarming
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winning, engaging, winsome.
- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for disarming
He was renowned for his wit, disarming his critics with unfailing humor.Boris Johnson’s Churchill Man Crush
Michael F. Bishop
November 22, 2014
The gun control lobby engages in emotional brainwashing to further its attempts at disarming the American people.A Gun Owner Speaks: My Case for Open Carry
June 12, 2014
Moscow is conveniently two-faced when it comes to disarming pro-Russian separatists.Reality Check in Ukraine
April 27, 2014
In a few words, Letterman brought the Beatles and what they represented into disarming focus.The King Abdicates From Late-Night Nation
April 4, 2014
But he said the process of disarming a chemical warhead or artillery shell is more complicated.Obama’s Plan B for Securing Assad’s Chemical Weapons
September 23, 2013
He succeeded, however, in retaining them, and in disarming their fears.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
But Tresler listened to her greeting with a disarming smile on his face.The Night Riders
"To serve you if possible, my godfather," was the disarming answer.Scaramouche
He hastened after Francesco, and while the knight was disarming he came to voice his suspicions.Love-at-Arms
A laugh he decided was the most disarming of human manifestations.Mixed Faces
- tending to neutralize or counteract hostility, suspicion, etc
- (tr) to remove defensive or offensive capability from (a country, army, etc)
- (tr) to deprive of weapons
- (tr) to remove the triggering device of (a bomb, shell, etc)
- (tr) to win the confidence or affection of
- (intr) (of a nation, etc) to decrease the size and capability of one's armed forces
- (intr) to lay down weapons
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Word Origin and History for disarming
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