from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To divest of a weapon or weapons.
  • transitive v. 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).
  • transitive v. To overcome or allay the suspicion, hostility, or antagonism of.
  • transitive v. To win the confidence of.
  • intransitive v. To lay down arms.
  • intransitive v. To reduce or abolish armed forces.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To deprive of arms; to take away the weapons of; to deprive of the means of attack or defense; to render defenseless.
  • v. To deprive of the means or the disposition to harm; to render harmless or innocuous; as, to disarm a man's wrath.
  • v. To lay down arms; to stand down.
  • v. To reduce one's own military forces.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To deprive of arms; to take away the weapons of; to deprive of the means of attack or defense; to render defenseless.
  • transitive v. To deprive of the means or the disposition to harm; to render harmless or innocuous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • Specifically To reduce to a peace footing, as an army or a navy.
  • To deprive of means of attack or defense; render harmless or defenseless: as, to disarm a venomous serpent.
  • 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.
  • To lay down arms; specifically, to reduce armaments to a peace footing; dismiss or disband troops: as, the nations were then disarming.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make less hostile; win over
  • v. remove offensive capability from
  • v. take away the weapons from; render harmless


Middle English disarmen, from Old French desarmer : des-, dis- + armer, to arm (from Latin armāre, from arma, weapons; see ar- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English desarmen ("to divest of arms"), from Anglo-Norman desarmer (Wiktionary)


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