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disarming


To arm people is to provide them with weapons or powers.

To disarm people is to take away their weapons or powers. (Sometimes we use that word literally, as in, "We're grateful to him for disarming the shooter" and "Disarming that nation is our goal.")

So, someone or something disarming makes people feel as if they don't need to use their weapons or powers, because they feel less hostile, less suspicious, more friendly, and more trusting.

In other words, disarming people and things are soothing, charming, or putting people at ease.

Pronunciation:
diss ARM ing

Part of speech:
Adjective.
(Adjectives are describing words, like "large" or "late."
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in "a disarming thing" or "a disarming person."
2. After a linking verb, as in "It was disarming" or "He was disarming.")

Other forms:
disarmingly

How to use it:
Talk about disarming smiles and glances, disarming honesty or simplicity or vulnerability, a disarming sense of humor, a disarming show or display of goodwill, etc.

And to use the adverb, talk about disarmingly likeable people, disarmingly sweet comments, disarmingly simple explanations, etc.

examples:
His stand-up routines are disarmingly candid, blending personal stories with social commentary.


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