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dis·arm

 (dĭs-ärm′)
v. dis·armed, dis·arm·ing, dis·arms
v.tr.
1.
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).
2.
a. To overcome or allay the suspicion, hostility, or antagonism of.
b. To win the confidence of.
v.intr.
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 Indo-European roots).]

dis·arm′er n.
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Some princes, so as to hold securely the state, have disarmed their subjects; others have kept their subject towns distracted by factions; others have fostered enmities against themselves; others have laid themselves out to gain over those whom they distrusted in the beginning of their governments; some have built fortresses; some have overthrown and destroyed them.
In a moment one was disarmed, another down, and the remaining two fleeing for their lives toward the high road with Norman of Torn close at their heels.
Then, as Gryphus seemed bent upon engaging in a struggle which the pain in his wrist, and shame for having allowed himself to be disarmed, would have made desperate, Cornelius took a decisive step, belaboring his jailer with the most heroic self-possession, and selecting the exact spot for every blow of the terrible cudgel.
"Well," says Henderland, "they're disarmed -- or supposed to be -- for there's still a good deal of cold iron lying by in quiet places.
Dolokhov stood at the gate of the ruined house, letting a crowd of disarmed Frenchmen pass by.
When they were thus disarmed, and found they had made all the Spaniards their enemies, as well as their own countrymen, they began to cool, and giving the Spaniards better words, would have their arms again; but the Spaniards, considering the feud that was between them and the other two Englishmen, and that it would be the best method they could take to keep them from killing one another, told them they would do them no harm, and if they would live peaceably, they would be very willing to assist and associate with them as they did before; but that they could not think of giving them their arms again, while they appeared so resolved to do mischief with them to their own countrymen, and had even threatened them all to make them their servants.
To please her, I tried again, but again the animal's lows and tears disarmed me.
"But she is so beautiful!" exclaimed the Scarecrow, as if that fact disarmed all criticism.
One man dropped with a bullet in his brain; a sword flew clattering across the deck and dropped over the edge beyond as I disarmed one of my opponents and the third went down with my blade buried to the hilt in his breast and three feet of it protruding from his back, and falling wrenched the sword from my grasp.
Immediately the Belgian sought the Arab who had been left in charge of the camp during Achmet Zek's absence, and again his boldness disarmed suspicion and won the acceptance of his false explanation of his return.
With a quick wrench he disarmed the fellow, and then, holding him before them as a shield, he backed slowly beside Abdul toward the little door which led into the inner courtyard.
Two I had disarmed, and one was down, when several more rushed to the aid of their new ruler, and to avenge the death of the old.