- 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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Related Wordsdemobilize, subdue, neutralize, deactivate, occupy, disband, demilitarize, paralyze, invalidate, disqualify, debilitate, conciliate, skin, incapacitate, cripple, disable, strip, pacify, subjugate, prostrate
Examples from the Web for disarm
The doctors promise that the initiative will “disarm the boundaries between psychiatry, humanities, and hip-hop culture.”Hip-Hop Psychology: Using Music to Fight Mental Illness
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“Only the most out-of-touch radical would try to disarm soldiers,” he said in a statement Thursday.The Ugliest, Creepiest Responses to the Fort Hood Shooting
April 3, 2014
It was deemed too risky to try to disarm or move those chemical munitions, according to these officials.Obama’s Plan B for Securing Assad’s Chemical Weapons
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I entered as part of the invasion force sent to disarm Iraq.America’s Lost Decade in Iraq: A Marine Officer Looks Back
March 19, 2013
The aim is not to disarm our troops or weaken our national security, but to strengthen both.Why Conservatives Should Be Rooting for Defense Cuts
January 20, 2013
But he was resolved to use his best skill to disarm her sophistication.Within the Law
She could disarm Gustavus of his sword, which was so terrible to the princes of Europe.Biographical Stories
There is not another instrument can be discovered, to disarm and vanquish the human mind.Imogen
“To work, madame,” he replied, lifting his cap with a courtesy which seemed to disarm her.The First Violin
Unconsciously, each had taken the best method to disarm the other.The Dominant Strain
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- (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 disarm
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