dis·​arm·​ing | \ dis-ˈär-miŋ How to pronounce disarming (audio) , diz-, ˈdis-ˌär- \

Definition of disarming

: allaying criticism or hostility : ingratiating a disarming smile

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Other Words from disarming

disarmingly \ dis-​ˈär-​miŋ-​lē How to pronounce disarming (audio) , diz-​ , ˈdis-​ˌär-​ \ adverb

When Should You Use disarming?

A defeated country is sometimes forced to disarm (give up its weapons), and research may be aimed at disarming a deadly virus (making it incapable of doing damage). But the meaning of the adjective disarming isn't quite so physical. If you say your nephew has a disarming smile, you mean that his smile's warmth and genuineness disarm the people he meets of any possible suspicion or criticism and of any verbal weapons they might have used against him.

Examples of disarming in a Sentence

We were all charmed by his disarming openness and modesty. a thoroughly disarming little rascal who can talk his way out of any trouble
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First Known Use of disarming

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disarming

from present participle of disarm

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24 Feb 2021

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“Disarming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disarming. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disarming

: tending to remove any feelings of unfriendliness or distrust

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