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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. Words, characters or other things imagined to possess some occult or unintelligible power; hence, a magic power or spell, by which with the supposed assistance of the devil, witches and sorcerers have been supposed to do wonderful things. Spell; enchantment. Hence,
2. That which has power to subdue opposition, and gain the affections; that which can please irresistible; that which delights and attracts the heart; generally in the plural.
The smiles of nature and the charms of art.
Good humor only teaches charms to last.
CHARM, v.t.
1. To subdue or control by incantation or secret influence.
I will send serpents among you - which will not be charmed. Jeremiah 8.
2. To subdue by secret power, especially by that which pleases and delights the mind; to allay, or appease.
Music the fiercest grief can charm.
3. To give exquisite pleasure to the mind or senses; to delight.
We were charmed with the conversation.
The aerial songster charms us with her melodious notes.
4. To fortify with charms against evil.
I have a charmed life, which must not yield.
5. To make powerful by charms.
6. To summon by incantation.
7. To temper agreeably.
CHARM, v.i. To sound harmonically.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates; "his smile was part of his appeal to her" [syn: appeal, appealingness, charm]
2: a verbal formula believed to have magical force; "he whispered a spell as he moved his hands"; "inscribed around its base is a charm in Balinese" [syn: spell, magic spell, magical spell, charm]
3: something believed to bring good luck [syn: charm, good luck charm]
4: (physics) one of the six flavors of quark v
1: attract; cause to be enamored; "She captured all the men's hearts" [syn: capture, enamour, trance, catch, becharm, enamor, captivate, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch, entrance, enchant]
2: control by magic spells, as by practicing witchcraft [syn: charm, becharm]
3: protect through supernatural powers or charms
4: induce into action by using one's charm; "She charmed him into giving her all his money" [syn: charm, influence, tempt]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English charme, from Anglo-French, from Latin carmen song, from canere to sing more at chant Date: 14th century 1. a. the chanting or reciting of a magic spell ; incantation b. a practice or expression believed to have magic power 2. something worn about the person to ward off evil or ensure good fortune ; amulet 3. a. a trait that fascinates, allures, or delights b. a physical grace or attraction used in plural <her feminine charms> c. compelling attractiveness <the island possessed great charm> 4. a small ornament worn on a bracelet or chain 5. a fundamental quark that has an electric charge of + 2/3 and a measured energy of approximately 1.5 GeV; also the flavor characterizing this particle charmless adjective II. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to affect by or as if by magic ; compel b. to please, soothe, or delight by compelling attraction <charms customers with his suave manner> 2. to endow with or as if with supernatural powers by means of charms; also to protect by or as if by spells, charms, or supernatural influences 3. to control (an animal) typically by charms (as the playing of music) <charm a snake> intransitive verb 1. to practice magic and enchantment 2. to have the effect of a charm ; fascinate Synonyms: see attract charmer noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a the power or quality of giving delight or arousing admiration. b fascination, attractiveness. c (usu. in pl.) an attractive or enticing quality. 2 a trinket on a bracelet etc. 3 a an object, act, or word(s) supposedly having occult or magic power; a spell. b a thing worn to avert evil etc.; an amulet. 4 Physics a property of matter manifested by some elementary particles. --v.tr. 1 delight, captivate (charmed by the performance). 2 influence or protect as if by magic (leads a charmed life). 3 a gain by charm (charmed agreement out of him). b influence by charm (charmed her into consenting). 4 cast a spell on, bewitch. Phrases and idioms: charm-bracelet a bracelet hung with small trinkets. like a charm perfectly, wonderfully. Derivatives: charmer n. Etymology: ME f. OF charme, charmer f. L carmen song

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Charm Charm, n. [F. charme, fr. L. carmen song, verse, incantation, for casmen, akin to Skr. [,c]asman, [,c]as[=a], a laudatory song, from a root signifying to praise, to sing.] 1. A melody; a song. [Obs.] With charm of earliest birds. --Milton. Free liberty to chant our charms at will. --Spenser. 2. A word or combination of words sung or spoken in the practice of magic; a magical combination of words, characters, etc.; an incantation. My high charms work. --Shak. 3. That which exerts an irresistible power to please and attract; that which fascinates; any alluring quality. Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul. --Pope. The charm of beauty's powerful glance. --Milton. 4. Anything worn for its supposed efficacy to the wearer in averting ill or securing good fortune. 5. Any small decorative object worn on the person, as a seal, a key, a silver whistle, or the like. Bunches of charms are often worn at the watch chain. Syn: Syn. - Spell; incantation; conjuration; enchantment; fascination; attraction.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Charm Charm, v. i. 1. To use magic arts or occult power; to make use of charms. The voice of charmers, charming never so wisely. --Ps. lviii. 5. 2. To act as, or produce the effect of, a charm; to please greatly; to be fascinating. 3. To make a musical sound. [Obs.] --Milton.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Charm Charm, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Charmed; p. pr. & vb. n. Charming.] [Cf. F. charmer. See Charm, n.] 1. To make music upon; to tune. [Obs. & R.] Here we our slender pipes may safely charm. --Spenser. 2. To subdue, control, or summon by incantation or supernatural influence; to affect by magic. No witchcraft charm thee! --Shak. 3. To subdue or overcome by some secret power, or by that which gives pleasure; to allay; to soothe. Music the fiercest grief can charm. --Pope. 4. To attract irresistibly; to delight exceedingly; to enchant; to fascinate. They, on their mirth and dance Intent, with jocund music charm his ear. --Milton. 5. To protect with, or make invulnerable by, spells, charms, or supernatural influences; as, a charmed life. I, in my own woe charmed, Could not find death. --Shak. Syn: Syn. - To fascinate; enchant; enrapture; captivate; bewitch; allure; subdue; delight; entice; transport.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(charms, charming, charmed) 1. Charm is the quality of being pleasant or attractive. 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs', the 1937 Disney classic, has lost none of its original charm... The house had its charms, not the least of which was the furniture that came with it. N-VAR 2. Someone who has charm behaves in a friendly, pleasant way that makes people like them. He was a man of great charm and distinction. N-UNCOUNT 3. If you charm someone, you please them, especially by using your charm. He even charmed Mrs Prichard, carrying her shopping and flirting with her, though she's 83... VERB: V n 4. A charm is a small ornament that is fixed to a bracelet or necklace. N-COUNT 5. A charm is an act, saying, or object that is believed to have magic powers. ...a good luck charm. N-COUNT 6. If you say that something worked like a charm, you mean that it was very effective or successful. Economically, the policy worked like a charm. PHRASE: V inflects

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

charm: Definition.--The word charm is derived from the Latin carmen, "a song," and denotes strictly what is sung; then it comes to mean a magical formula chanted or recited with a view to certain desired results. Charm is distinguished from amulet in this, that the latter is a material object having as such a magical potency, though it is frequently an inscribed formula on it that gives this object its power (see AMULET). The word charm stands primarily for the incantation, though it is often applied to an inscribed amulet.

A charm may be regarded as having a positive or a negative effect. In the first case it is supposed to secure some desired object or result (see AMULET). In the second, it is conceived as having the power of warding off evils, as the evil eye, the inflictions of evil spirits and the like. In the last, its negative meaning, the word "countercharm" (German, Gegenzauber) is commonly used.

Charms are divisible into two general classes according as they are written (or printed) or merely spoken:

(1) Written charms--Of these we have examples in the phylacteries and the mezuzah noticed in the article AMULET. In Ac 19:13-20 we read of written charms used by the Ephesians, such as are elsewhere called (ephesia grammata). Such magical formulas were written generally on leather, though sometimes on papyrus, on lead, and even on gold. Those mentioned in the above passage must have been inscribed on some very valuable material, gold perhaps, or they could not have cost 2,000 British pounds (= 50,000 drachmas). Charms of the kind have been dug up from the ruins of Ephesus. In modern Egypt drinking-bowls are used, inscribed with passages from the Koran, and it is considered very lucky to drink from such a "lucky bowl," as it is called. Parts of the Koran and often complete miniature copies are worn by Egyptians and especially by Egyptian soldiers during war. These are buried with the dead bodies, just as the ancient Egyptians interred with their dead portions of the Book of the Dead or even the whole book, and as the early Abyssinians buried with dead bodies certain magical texts. Josephus (Ant., VIII, ii, 5) says that Solomon composed incantations by which demons were exorcised and diseases healed.

(2) Spoken charms are at least as widespread as those inscribed. Much importance was attached by the ancients (Egyptians, Babylonians, etc.) to the manner in which the incantations were recited, as well as to the substance of the formulas. If beautifully uttered, and with sufficient frequency, such incantations possessed unlimited power. The stress laid on the mode of reciting magical charms necessitated the existence of a priestly class and did much to increase the power of such a class. The binding force of the uttered word is implied in many parts of the Old Testament (see Jos 9:20). Though the princes of Israel had promised under false pretenses to make a covenant on behalf of Israel with the Gibeonites, they refused to break their promise because the word had been given. The words of blessing and curse were believed to have in themselves the power of self-realization. A curse was a means of destruction, not a mere realization (see Nu 22-24, Balaam's curses; Jud 5:23; Job 31). In a similar way the word of blessing was believed to insure its own realization. In Ge 48:8-22 the greatness of Ephraim and Manasseh is ascribed to the blessing of Jacob upon them (see further Ex 12:32; Jud 17:2; 2Sa 21:3). It is no doubt to be understood that the witch of Endor raised Samuel from the dead by the recitation of some magical formula (1Sa 28:7 ff).

The uttering of the tetragrammaton (~YHWH) was at a very early time (at latest 300 BC) believed to be magically potent, and hence, its ordinary use was forbidden, so that instead of Yahweh, the Jews of the time, when the earliest part of the Septuagint was translated, used for this Divine name the appellative 'adhonai = "Lord." In a similar way among the Jews of post-Biblical and perhaps of even Biblical times, the pronunciation of the Aaronic blessing (Nu 6:24-26) was supposed to possess great efficacy and to be a means of certain good to the person or persons involved. Evil spirits were exorcised by Jews of Paul's day through the use of the name of the Lord Jesus (Ac 19:13). In the Talmud (Pecachim 110a) it is an instruction that if a man meets a witch he should say, "May a pot of boiling dung be stuffed into your mouth, you ugly witch," and her power is gone.

For literature see AMULET.

T. Witton Davies

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. Spell, enchantment, incantation, witchery, magic, sorcery, necromancy, magical power. 2. Attraction, fascination, allurement, attractiveness. II. v. a. 1. Subdue by a charm, enchant, cast a spell upon, allay by enchantment. 2. Fascinate, enchant, delight, attract, captivate, catch, transport, enravish, enrapture, enamour, bewitch, allure, win, please highly, lead captive.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

A picklock. Cant.

Moby Thesaurus

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