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[dis-ahr-ming] /dɪsˈɑr mɪŋ/
removing or capable of removing hostility, suspicion, etc., as by being charming:
a disarming smile.
Origin of disarming
First recorded in 1540-50; disarm + -ing2
Related forms
disarmingly, adverb
winning, engaging, winsome. Unabridged
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  • Mr. Mix allowed his mouth to widen in a smile which was disarmingly benevolent.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
  • Hesitating there, hat in hand, his manners were disarmingly frank.

    The Little Red Chimney Mary Finley Leonard
  • Indeed, the glance which met his own seemed to Orme to be disarmingly good-natured.

    The Girl and The Bill

    Bannister Merwin
  • Even so, the relation between the soul and the gland was absolutely unintelligible, as Descartes disarmingly confessed.

    Theodicy G. W. Leibniz
  • Mrs. Richards met this information with a disarmingly bland smile.

    The Blood Red Dawn Charles Caldwell Dobie
British Dictionary definitions for disarmingly


tending to neutralize or counteract hostility, suspicion, etc
Derived Forms
disarmingly, adverb
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