v. dis·armed, dis·arm·ing, dis·arms
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.
1. To lay down arms.
2. To reduce or abolish armed forces.
[Middle English disarmen, from Old French desarmer : des-, dis- + armer, to arm (from Latin armāre, from arma, weapons; see ar- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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