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CHARM, n.

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. Jer. 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.




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CHARM, n.

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. Jer. 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.


CHARM, n. [Fr. charme; Norm. carme, or garme; Arm. chalm; L. carmen, a song, a verse, an outcry, a charm. It coincides with the W. garm, an outcry, garmiaw, to shout, Sax. cirm, or cyrm, outcry, noise. See Alarm.]

  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 irresistibly; that which delights and attracts the heart; generally in the plural. The smiles of nature and the charms of art. – Addison. Good humor only teaches charms to last. – Pope.

CHARM, v.i.

To sound harmonically. – Milton.


CHARM, v.t.

  1. To subdue or control by incantation or secret influence. I will send serpents among you … which will not be charmed. – Jer. viii.
  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. – Pope.
  3. To give exquisite pleasure to the mind or senses; to delight; as, we were charmed with the conversation. The aerial songster charms us with her melodious notes. – Anon.
  4. To fortify with charms against evil. I have a charmed life, which must not yield. – Shak. [Not in use.]
  5. To make powerful by charms. – Johnson.
  6. To summon by incantation.– Shak. Johnson.
  7. To temper agreeably. – Spenser.

Charm
  1. A melody; a song.

    [Obs.]

    With charm of earliest birds.
    Milton.

    Free liberty to chant our charms at will.
    Spenser.

  2. To make music upon] to tune.

    [Obs. *** R.]

    Here we our slender pipes may safely charm.
    Spenser.

  3. To use magic arts or occult power; to make use of charms.

    The voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
    Ps. lviii. 5.

  4. 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.

  5. To subdue, control, or summon by incantation or supernatural influence] to affect by magic.

    No witchcraft charm thee!
    Shak.

  6. To act as, or produce the effect of, a charm; to please greatly; to be fascinating.
  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. To make a musical sound.

    [Obs.] Milton.
  10. Anything worn for its supposed efficacy to the wearer in averting ill or securing good fortune.
  11. To attract irresistibly; to delight exceedingly; to enchant; to fascinate.

    They, on their mirth and dance
    Intent, with jocund music charm his ear.
    Milton.

  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.

    Syn. - Spell; incantation; conjuration; enchantment; fascination; attraction.

  13. 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. - To fascinate; enchant; enrapture; captivate; bewitch; allure; subdue; delight; entice; transport.

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Charm

CHARM, noun

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, verb transitive

1. To subdue or control by incantation or secret influence.

I will send serpents among you - which will not be charmed. Jeremiah 8:17.

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, verb intransitive To sound harmonically.

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