disarming

adjective dis·arm·ing

Definition of disarming

  1. :  allaying criticism or hostility :  ingratiating a disarming smile

disarmingly

play \-ˈär-miŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of disarming in a Sentence

  1. We were all charmed by his disarming openness and modesty.

  2. a thoroughly disarming little rascal who can talk his way out of any trouble

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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.

First Known Use of disarming

1839


DISARMING Defined for English Language Learners

disarming

adjective

Definition of disarming for English Language Learners

  • : tending to remove any feelings of unfriendliness or distrust



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