disarm

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v disarm remove offensive capability from
    • v disarm take away the weapons from; render harmless
    • v disarm make less hostile; win over "Her charm disarmed the prosecution lawyer completely"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Disarm To deprive of arms; to take away the weapons of; to deprive of the means of attack or defense; to render defenseless. "Security disarms the best-appointed army.""The proud was half disarmed of pride."
    • Disarm To deprive of the means or the disposition to harm; to render harmless or innocuous; as, to disarm a man's wrath.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disarm To deprive of arms; take the arms or weapons from; take off the armor from: as, he disarmed his foe; the prince gave orders to disarm his subjects: with of before the thing taken away: as, to disarm one of his weapons.
    • disarm Specifically To reduce to a peace footing, as an army or a navy.
    • disarm To deprive of means of attack or defense; render harmless or defenseless: as, to disarm a venomous serpent.
    • disarm To deprive of force, strength, means of injuring, or power to terrify; quell: as, to disarm rage or passion; religion disarms death of its terrors.
    • disarm To lay down arms; specifically, to reduce armaments to a peace footing; dismiss or disband troops: as, the nations were then disarming.
    • disarm To press (the lips of a horse) outward so that they may not be bruised on the toothless portions, or bars, of the lower jaw.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disarm diz-ärm′ to deprive of arms: to render defenceless: to quell: to deprive of the power to hurt: to reduce to a peace footing
    • v.i Disarm to disband troops, reduce national armaments to a peace footing
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
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    “Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the two sexes.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    Lord%20Chesterfield
    “Let your enemies be disarmed by the gentleness of your manner, but at the same time let them feel, the steadiness of your resentment.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    “If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we would find in each person's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
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    “The moment an ill can be patiently handled, it is disarmed of its poison, though not of its pain.”
  • Thomas Fuller
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    “A generous confession disarms slander.”
  • James Dye
    James Dye
    “Hitler used Romans 13 to disarm his citizens. It's called fascism.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. desarmen, F. désarmer,; pref. dés-,L. dis-,) + armer, to arm. See Arm

Usage

In literature:

In another minute the captain was disarmed.
"The Broncho Rider Boys with Funston at Vera Cruz" by Frank Fowler
Those she would unwittingly have robbed were disarmed by soft eyes and the appeal of dimples.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
The 8th and 11th Battalions have been disarmed on suspicion of being reactionary.
"The Insurrection in Paris" by An Englishman: Davy
All disarmed, and the Lieutenant had their weapons.
"Civilization" by Ellen Newbold La Motte
The patience and moderation of the Government will gradually disarm these men.
"Home Rule" by Harold Spender
There is no power like shame to disarm the spirit.
"Riders of the Silences" by John Frederick
Mrs. Macklin had a motherly-looking smile on her face which for some unknown reason she was aiming at me in a disarming manner.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
We'll disarm them, too.
"The Galaxy Primes" by Edward Elmer Smith
There is something very disarming about the Twins' misdemeanours.
"The Right Stuff" by Ian Hay
The convention for disarming did not extend to her, nor did she disarm.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
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In poetry:

The God disarm'd, e'er since that Day
Passes his Life in harmless Play;
Flies round, or sits upon her Breast,
A little, flutt'ring, idle Guest.
"Love Disarmed" by Matthew Prior
Who trusts in God, no weeping fears,
No wasting cares his soul disarm;
When killing droughts bring famined years,
He trusts in God and smiles at harm.
"Trust In God" by Janet Hamilton
Take up thy spear, and rise to fight my foes,
With it, their long-extended ranks oppose,
Blast their vain schemes, their hostile bands disarm,
Nor suffer them to do me any harm.
"A Prayer, Against The Oppression Of One's Foe. " by Rees Prichard
Music, all powerful o'er the human mind,
Can still each mental storm, each tumult calm,
Soothe anxious care on sleepless couch reclined,
And e'en fierce Anger's furious rage disarm.
"Music" by Henry Kirke White
Britain Her Safety to your Guidance owns,
That She can sep'rate Parricides from Sons;
That, impious Rage disarm'd, She lives and Reigns,
Her Freedom kept by Him, who broke Her Chains.
"Presented To The King, At His Arrival In Holland, After The Discovery Of The Conspiracy. 1696" by Matthew Prior
Christ, the fiend must disarm, that possesses each mind,
And in gyves the incroaching invader must bind;
He thence must eject him, tho' loth to depart,
And garrison keep his ownself in each heart.
"Another Piece Of Advice To Sinners To Come To Christ" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Francheska Velez, who had disarmed bombs in Iraq, was pregnant and headed home.
Superintendent who disarmed gunman is hailed as a hero.
Three men and a woman were instrumental in disarming and tackling the man suspected of killing six and injuring 14 in Tucson during a political event for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, according to Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.
The crisis in the Middle East boils down to a very basic issue: whether Hezbollah is disarmed , former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told FOX News Wednesday.
Even hardened generals and policymakers, he wrote in an e-mail to a friend Sunday, were disarmed by a beautiful "spitfire of disorganization" who badgered and begged for their help.
Inheriting the Trade is Tom DeWolf's powerful and disarmingly honest memoir of the journey in which ten family members retraced the steps of their ancestors and uncovered the hidden history of New England.
Russia's minister for foreign affairs emphasized that "the possibilities for disarming Iraq through political means do exist" and said that his nation was in favor of "continuing and strengthening the inspections activities.".
One of the city's most disarmingly personal spots is Joule , which resembles a petite Continental café that just happens to serve both esoteric sparkling sakes and Korean kimchi.
The majority of state governors are Republicans, and they have the power to disarm the health-care law.
He cited "delays" in the formation of the army and police and the failure to disarm and integrate former rebels.
West African peacekeepers in Liberia moved into a fortress today, disarming fighters linked to a failed coup.
Obama's talk of rising above partisan politics in Washington never meant he was going to unilaterally disarm.
President Bush outlined his case against the regime of Saddam Hussein and called on the Iraqi leader to disarm in a speech to the American people Monday night.
Even at her most outrageous, the edgy comic's disarming, Betty Boop/ Betty Rubble voice intentionally softens that edge.
Democrats Should Think Twice Before Disarming the Filibuster.
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In science:

The statement of Theorem 20 is disarmingly simple given how much effort seems to be required to establish it.
The asymmetric sandwich theorem
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