Though he had succeeded in disarming all organized opposition in parliament, the hostility displayed against him in the nation, arising from his Scottish nationality, his character as favourite, his peace policy and the resignation of the popular hero Pitt, was overwhelming.
On the 6th of December he protested with three other peers against the measure sent up from the Commons enforcing the disarming of all convicted recusants and taking bail from them to keep the peace; he was the only peer to dissent from the motion declaring the existence of an Irish plot; and though believing in the guilt and voting for the death of Lord Stafford, he interceded, according to his own account, 3 with the king for him as well as for Langhorne and Plunket.
Copernicus was seized with apoplexy and paralysis towards the close of 1542, and died on the 24th of May 1543, happily unconscious that the fine Epistle, in which he had dedicated his life's work to Paul III., was marred of its effect by an anonymous preface, slipt in by Andreas Osiander (1498-1552), with a view to disarming prejudice by insisting upon the purely hypothetical character of the reasonings it introduced.
The same year (1771) he crossed swords with Junius, and ended in disarming his masked antagonist.
Monmouth's enterprise made no stir, but gave an excuse for disarming the Protestant militia.
Such a disarming smile.
His smile was so disarming that she couldn't help smiling back.
They had promised in their cities, by freeing the people from military service and disarming the aristocracy.
A disarming act, and the prohibition of the highland dress, did not indeed break, but it transferred to other fields the military spirit of the clans.
Whilst all Europe was disarming he kept his troops, and used peace as a means of conquest.