- to remove the fangs of: to defang a snake
- to render harmless: to defang an opposing candidate
transitive verbde·fanged, de·fang·ing, de·fangs
- To remove the fangs of (a snake, for example).
- To undermine the strength or power of; make ineffectual: an attempt to defang the opposition.
(third-person singular simple present defangs, present participle defanging, simple past and past participle defanged)
- To remove the fangs from (something).
- The snake was defanged.
- (figuratively) To render harmless.
- The Government's new security supremo, Admiral Sir Alan West, said the danger from home-grown and foreign terrorists was at its greatest level ever, and warned that it could take up to 15 years to defang Islamic radicalism - The roots of terror,The Week, 14 July 2007, 622, 4.
de- + fang