Make (something) harmless or ineffectual.
Poetic, as in to remove the fangs from.
“He soon defanged the political opposition.”
Misbegotten (adj) mis-bee-got-un Badly conceived or planned. Contemptible (used as a term of abuse) From the archaic use to describe a child as illegitimate. (more…)
Naevus (noun) nee-vus A birthmark or a mole on the skin, especially a birthmark in the form of a raised red patch Mid 19th century: from Latin. (more…)
Ecdysis (noun) ek-die-sis The process of shedding the old skin (in reptiles) or casting off the outer cuticle (in insects and other arthropods). Mid 19th century: from Greek ekdusis, from…
Plethora (noun) ple-tho-ra A large or excessive amount of something. Mid 16th century (in the medical sense): via late Latin from Greek plēthōrē, from plēthein ‘be full’. (more…)
Uliginous (adj) ul-ij-in-us Marshy, swampy, water-logged Latin ūlīginōsus full of moisture, wet, equivalent to ūlīgin- (stem of ūlīgō) moisture + -ōsus -ous (more…)
Queach (noun) (English regional) kwee-ch A dense growth of bushes; a thicket. Also: a patch of untillable land characterized by such thickets. Late 15th century; earliest use found in The…
Nothingburger (noun) (Chiefly US) nu-thing-bur-guh A person or thing of no importance, value, or substance. Now esp.: something which, contrary to expectations, turns out to be insignificant or unremarkable. 1950s:…
Susurration (noun) soo-sur-ay-shun Whispering or rustling. Late Middle English: from late Latin susurratio(n-), from Latin susurrare ‘to murmur, hum’, from susurrus ‘whisper’. (more…)
Minarchy (noun) min-ar-kee Minimal government; specifically a (hypothetical) form of government that does not interfere with individual rights and civil liberties, and that has itself no right to levy taxes…