Definition of disarming in US English:



  • (of manner or behavior) having the effect of allaying suspicion or hostility, especially through charm.

    ‘he gave her a disarming smile’
    • ‘I was under the strong impression that no one could withstand her disarming brand of charm.’
    • ‘But Featherstone states it in such a disarming and down-to-earth manner that it comes across the way it is intended - as a statement of the obvious.’
    • ‘But disarming honesty about previous dishonesty is apparently OK.’
    • ‘There are a few grumbles but his disarming smile mollifies the majority of the group.’
    • ‘Ambivalent about the generational identity problem slot he's been in, Turpin talks about the future with disarming frankness.’
    • ‘Run by Catherine Beatty who is as nice to visitors as she can be, the space is basically the downstairs rooms of her terrace house and the effect is one of disarming friendliness.’
    • ‘He's irreverent to an extreme, glib, folksy, with a disarming arrogance that drives his non-supporters nuts.’
    • ‘And with disarming honesty he replied that most critics would say he wasn't as good as he could have been.’
    • ‘The guitarist's disarming sense of humour suggests that his band, in fact, isn't out to destroy rock music as we know it.’
    • ‘Through it all, Dodd remained an avid lover of music and an astute businessman, with a wry and disarming sense of humour.’
    • ‘Silvia parries Keller's systematic professional suspicion with disarming dignity and their scenes of confrontation are an elegant showpiece of good writing brought alive by even better acting.’
    • ‘At first he appears unassuming and on occasion bumbling yet his disarming manner, like that of Louis Theroux, is one that seems to entice his interviewee into spilling the beans.’
    • ‘His disarming amiability and jocular charm were irresistible, but his art was immediately compelling on its own terms, and largely responsible for fueling all the interest.’
    • ‘At a personal level the federal results in Western Australia had the seductive and disarming effect of persuading the State Director and his coterie that in some manner they were responsible for the success.’
    • ‘Calmly, and with a disarming friendly manner, he engaged her in conversation.’
    • ‘There's nothing cheap about the disarming effect of good dream-pop, or whatever you want to call it.’
    • ‘What works is charm, the kind of healthy, honest, disarming charm that makes the woman at the accounts office feel like another woman, not a welfare worker.’
    • ‘Although to say the man was a big influence on me musically would be a gross understatement, I will personally remember Piggy best for his disarming demeanour.’
    • ‘Above all, it is his honesty, his willingness to draw on biographical detail that infuses this novel with sad, disarming charm.’
    • ‘She then describes the Rat personality: Charming, extremely easy to get along with, hard working, has a disarming manner even when confronting someone.’
    winning, charming, likeable, enchanting, beguiling
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