verb[with object] (often as adjective defanged)
Render harmless or ineffectual: the military, demoralized and defanged, gave up their campaign
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- Instead of being authentic art, music becomes a thing to be bought and sold, which debases the very meaning of the music and defangs the threat.
- Luckily, these pre-summit initiatives were defanged and something quite different took place in Geneva instead.
- Stars became less incandescent and more establishment; rock's rebels were defanged.
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