- removing or allaying suspicions, fears, or hostility
- making friendly or agreeable; ingratiating
The definition of disarming is getting rid of hostility or suspicion, usually through using charm.
If a scary looking person gives a little smile that makes you no longer intimidated by him, this is an example of a disarming smile.
Tending to allay suspicion or hostility; winning favor or confidence: a disarming smile.
- Present participle of disarm.
- His smile was so disarming that she couldn't help smiling back.
- Such a disarming smile.
- Though he had succeeded in disarming all organized opposition in parliament, the hostility displayed against him in the nation, arising from his Scottish nationality, his character as favourite, his peace policy and the resignation of the popular hero Pitt, was overwhelming.
- The same year (1771) he crossed swords with Junius, and ended in disarming his masked antagonist.
- They had promised in their cities, by freeing the people from military service and disarming the aristocracy.