Definitions for: Charm


[n] something believed to bring good luck
[n] attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates; "his smile was part of his appeal to her"
[n] 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"
[v] induce into action by using one's charm; "She charmed him into giving her all his money"
[v] protect through supernatural powers or charms
[v] attract; cause to be enamored; "She captured all the men's hearts"
[v] control by magic spells, as by practicing witchcraft



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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.


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.

Synonyms: appeal, appealingness, becharm, becharm, beguile, bewitch, captivate, capture, catch, enamor, enamour, enchant, entrance, fascinate, good luck charm, influence, magic spell, spell, tempt, trance

See Also: amulet, appeal, attract, attractiveness, bewitch, bewitch, command, conjuration, control, curse, enchant, fetich, fetish, glamour, hex, hex, hold, hoodoo, incantation, jinx, jinx, juju, language, magnetise, magnetize, mesmerise, mesmerize, oral communication, persuade, protect, speech, speech communication, spellbind, spoken communication, spoken language, stuff, sundries, sundry, sway, talisman, voice communication, voodoo, whammy, whatchamacallit, whatsis, winsomeness, witch, work

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