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charm / chärm/ • n. 1. the power or quality of giving delight or arousing admiration: he was captivated by her youthful charm. ∎  (usu. charms) an attractive or alluring characteristic: the charms of the city. 2. a small ornament worn on a necklace or bracelet. 3. an object, act, or saying believed to have magic power. ∎  an object kept or worn to ward off evil and bring good luck. 4. Physics one of six flavors of quark. • v. [tr.] 1. delight greatly: the books have charmed children the world over. ∎  gain or influence by charm: he charmed her into going out. 2. control or achieve by or as if by magic: pretending to charm a cobra she will charm your warts away. PHRASES: turn on the charm use one's ability to charm in order to influence someone. work like a charm be completely successful or effective. ORIGIN: Middle English (in the senses ‘incantation or magic spell’ and ‘to use spells’): from Old French charme (noun), charmer (verb), from Latin carmen ‘song, verse, incantation.’

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Charm (Carmen)

Charm (Carmen)

A magical formula, sung or recited to bring about a supposedly beneficial result as part of a spell, or to confer magical efficacy on an amulet. In popular usage the same word is employed to designate the incantation and the object that is charmed.

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A Gypsy Queen. Zingara Fortune Teller. Philadelphia: David McKay, 1901.

Lippman, Deborah, and Paul Colin. How to Make Amulets, Charms, & Talismans. New York: M. Evans, 1974.

Sepharial [Walter Gorn Old]. The Book of Charms and Talismans. New York: Arc Books, 1969.

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charm

charm, magical formula or incantation, spoken or sung, for the purpose of securing blessing, good fortune, or immunity from evil. It presupposes a belief in demons or malignant spirits. The formula was frequently inscribed upon an amulet, talisman, or trinket to be worn for protection.

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Charm

Charm

a medley of goldfinches, 1430; the blended voices of a choir; a noise or confusion of voices as of children or birds.

Examples: charm of angels, 1530; of birds [a group of singing birds]; of choristers; of goldfinches, 1430.

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charm incantation, enchantment XIII; amulet XVI; attractive quality XVII. — (O)F. charme :- L. carmen, carmin- song, oracular response, incantation.
So charm vb. enchant XIV; fascinate XV.

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