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Definitions of charm

  1. attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates; " his smile was part of his appeal to her"
  2. control by magic spells, as by practicing witchcraft
  3. attract; cause to be enamored; " She captured all the men's hearts"
  4. something believed to bring good luck
  5. 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"
  6. induce into action by using one's charm; " She charmed him into giving her all his money"
  7. protect through supernatural powers or charms
  8. A melody; a song.
  9. A word or combination of words sung or spoken in the practice of magic; a magical combination of words, characters, etc.; an incantation.
  10. That which exerts an irresistible power to please and attract; that which fascinates; any alluring quality.
  11. Anything worn for its supposed efficacy to the wearer in averting ill or securing good fortune.
  12. 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.
  13. To make music upon; to tune.
  14. To subdue, control, or summon by incantation or supernatural influence; to affect by magic.
  15. To subdue or overcome by some secret power, or by that which gives pleasure; to allay; to soothe.
  16. To attract irresistibly; to delight exceedingly; to enchant; to fascinate.
  17. To protect with, or make invulnerable by, spells, charms, or supernatural influences; as, a charmed life.
  18. To use magic arts or occult power; to make use of charms.
  19. To act as, or produce the effect of, a charm; to please greatly; to be fascinating.
  20. To make a musical sound.
  21. A spell or enchantment; that which causes admiration; a trinket; as, a watch charm.
  22. To influence by magic; give exquisite delight to.
  23. To work by magic powers.
  24. A spell: something thought to possess hidden power or influence: that which can please irresistibly.
  25. To influence by a charm: to subdue by secret influence: to enchant: to delight: to allure.
  26. A magic spell; fascination; beauty.
  27. Charming.
  28. To enchant; delight.
  29. To captivate; fascinate; delight; be fascinating.
  30. The power of alluring or delighting; winsomeness; fascination; beauty.
  31. Charmer.
  32. Words, philters, characters acting as a spell; any spell or enchantment which acts by some magic power; that which has irresistibly pleasing and attractive power.
  33. To act as a charm.
  34. Words, figures, or things supposed to possess some hidden or mysterious power; anything supposed to possess a magic power or spell; that which can subdue or delight.
  35. To subdue or control; to exercise irresistible power over; to please or delight greatly; to yield exquisite pleasure to the mind or senses; to fortify against evil.

Usage examples for charm

  1. I should not dare to ask how much of their charm came from that fact; and the author does not fail to show you how much harm, so that it is not on my conscience. – Literature and Life by William Dean Howells
  2. There's a charm over him, don't you see?" – Riders of the Silences by Max Brand
  3. The place had the true out- of- season charm. – Roman Holidays and Others by W. D. Howells
  4. That's the charm of the place. – Annie Kilburn A Novel by W. D. Howells
  5. By this time we had lost all interest in the question whether a snake can charm a bird to its destruction; we thought only of saving the little life in such danger. – A Bird-Lover in the West by Olive Thorne Miller Harriet Mann Miller
  6. In short, this profession had a wonderful charm for him. – Monsieur Lecoq by Emile Gaboriau
  7. A young woman, with grace, with charm, with- what shall I say? – Pixie O'Shaughnessy by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  8. He lost none of his romantic charm in my eyes. – Romance by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  9. To charm the fish he never spoke, Although his voice was fine; He found the most convenient way Was just to drop a line! – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  10. Make a charm for me! – The Story of the Amulet by E. Nesbit
  11. A good deal, if not all, of the charm of travel went, about midnight. – From Edinburgh to India & Burmah by William G. Burn Murdoch
  12. She saw that the charm had worked well. – Short Stories of Various Types by Various
  13. Cities had lost their charm. – The Redemption of David Corson by Charles Frederic Goss
  14. It is a charm against all danger and against all bad fortune. – Riders of the Silences by Max Brand
  15. The charm was broken. – Legends of the Rhine by Wilhelm Ruland
  16. Naturally you cannot know, because you are not a Kufong man, or the charm could not be put on you. – West African studies by Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  17. The charm of that wild bay and its lost village had gotten under my skin. – A Village of Vagabonds by F. Berkeley Smith
  18. Certainly in this early stage of his career the baby had little of the beauty and charm of Rosamund. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  19. A piece of cloth was tied round the trunk of each tree, which, when I came to inquire about the matter, I learned was looked upon as a charm, and was sufficient to prevent any thieves robbing the hives. – In the Wilds of Africa by W.H.G. Kingston
  20. He had accomplished all that could be accomplished by him as the poet of the peaceful charm of country life. – The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age: Virgil by W. Y. Sellar
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