disarming

[dis-ahr-ming]

Origin:
1540–50; disarm + -ing2

disarmingly, adverb


winning, engaging, winsome.
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disarm

[dis-ahrm]
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

disarmer, noun
undisarmed, adjective
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disarm (dɪsˈɑːm)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to remove defensive or offensive capability from (a country, army, etc)
2.  (tr) to deprive of weapons
3.  (tr) to remove the triggering device of (a bomb, shell, etc)
4.  (tr) to win the confidence or affection of
5.  (intr) (of a nation, etc) to decrease the size and capability of one's armed forces
6.  (intr) to lay down weapons
 
dis'armer
 
n

disarming (dɪsˈɑːmɪŋ)
 
adj
tending to neutralize or counteract hostility, suspicion, etc
 
dis'armingly
 
adv

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disarm
late 14c., from O.Fr. desarmer (11c.), from des- "dis-" + armer (see arm (2)). The figurative sense is earlier in English than the literal. Related: Disarming.
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Example sentences
It does not make sense that law enforcement officials have to carry the entire
  burden for disarming troubled people with guns.
She grinned, yes, but her look was not entirely disarming.
This, as the disarming parliamentary exchange printed at the top of this column
  suggests, is a more complicated business.
He is tough, clever and has a disarming cheeky grin.
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