disarm[dis ärm′, dis′-]
- to take away weapons or armaments from
- to deprive of the ability to hurt; make harmless
- to overcome the hostility of; make friendly
Origin: Middle English disarmen ; from Old French desarmer: see dis- and amp; arm
- to lay down arms
- to reduce or do away with armed forces and armaments
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verb dis·armed, dis·arm·ing, dis·arms verb, transitive
- a. To divest of a weapon or weapons.b. To deprive of the means of attack or defense; render harmless: “Have the courage to appear poor, and you disarm poverty of its sharpest sting” (Washington Irving).
- a. To overcome or allay the suspicion, hostility, or antagonism of.b. To win the confidence of.
- To lay down arms.
- To reduce or abolish armed forces.
Origin: Middle English disarmen, from Old French desarmer : des-, dis- + armer, to arm (from Latin armāre, from arma, weapons; see ar- in Indo-European roots).
- dis·armˈer noun