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tr.v. de·fanged, de·fang·ing, de·fangs
1. To remove the fangs of (a snake, for example).
2. To undermine the strength or power of; make ineffectual: an attempt to defang the opposition.


vb (tr)
1. to remove the fangs from (an animal or reptile)
2. to weaken or compromise (something)



1. to remove the fangs of.
2. to remove the power or threat of; render harmless.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.defang - remove the fangs from; "defang the poisonous snake"
remove, take away, withdraw, take - remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"
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Even at this delicate stage, then, Washington needs to negotiate expeditiously, achieving tangible progress that defangs Iran and eases the fears of U.
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First, drawing on Rene Girard's understanding of mimetic desire and violence, he asks whether the Holy Spirit can be understood as the power that unmasks and defangs our tendency toward mimetic desire (and therefore toward destructive violence against the other) and leads those who listen to her to instead enter into relationship with and take responsibility for the welfare of the other (which, implicitly at least, includes nature).