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disarming

[dis-ahr-ming] /dɪsˈɑr mɪŋ/
adjective
1.
removing or capable of removing hostility, suspicion, etc., as by being charming:
a disarming smile.
Origin of disarming
1540-1550
1540-50; disarm + -ing2
Related forms
disarmingly, adverb
Synonyms
winning, engaging, winsome.

disarm

[dis-ahrm] /dɪsˈɑrm/
verb (used with object)
1.
to deprive of a weapon or weapons.
2.
to remove the fuze or other actuating device from:
to disarm a bomb.
3.
to deprive of the means of attack or defense:
The lack of logic disarmed his argument.
4.
to divest or relieve of hostility, suspicion, etc.; win the affection or approval of; charm:
His smile disarmed us.
verb (used without object)
5.
to lay down one's weapons.
6.
(of a country) to reduce or limit the size, equipment, armament, etc., of the army, navy, or air force.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English < Old French desarmer. See dis-1, arm2
Related forms
disarmer, noun
undisarmed, adjective
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  • One vessel they succeeded in disarming, despoiling, and then leaving her to her fate.

    Elster's Folly Mrs. Henry Wood
  • He succeeded, however, in retaining them, and in disarming their fears.

    King Philip John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • "I kain't hardly invite ye in—because I'm hyar all alone," she added with a disarming gravity.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • But Tresler listened to her greeting with a disarming smile on his face.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • "Say, you're asking me to partner in this thing whatever it is," Keeko said in a disarming fashion.

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British Dictionary definitions for disarming

disarming

/dɪsˈɑːmɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tending to neutralize or counteract hostility, suspicion, etc
Derived Forms
disarmingly, adverb

disarm

/dɪsˈɑːm/
verb
1.
(transitive) to remove defensive or offensive capability from (a country, army, etc)
2.
(transitive) to deprive of weapons
3.
(transitive) to remove the triggering device of (a bomb, shell, etc)
4.
(transitive) to win the confidence or affection of
5.
(intransitive) (of a nation, etc) to decrease the size and capability of one's armed forces
6.
(intransitive) to lay down weapons
Derived Forms
disarmer, noun
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Word Origin and History for disarming

disarm

v.

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.

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