Definition of disarming 

: allaying criticism or hostility : ingratiating a disarming smile

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Other Words from disarming

disarmingly \-ˈär-miŋ-lē \ 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

Recent Examples on the Web

Franklin's style is different, more disarming but equally effective. Bill Landis, cleveland.com, "Urban Meyer-James Franklin: Who's winning the battle now, who will prevail in the future?," 27 Oct. 2017 One of the most disarming aspects of Roberts' vocals always has been her tendency to shy away from the peak notes in any given melody line. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Judy Roberts swings back home to Chicago for Jazz Showcase residency," 9 June 2017 Its disarming atmosphere, with an East Coast beach decor. Brenda Cain, cleveland.com, "Coastal Taco brings a beach-y vibe: Best Tacos contest (photos, video, poll)," 8 May 2017

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First Known Use of disarming

1839, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of disarming

: tending to remove any feelings of unfriendliness or distrust

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