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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHARM

The charm of the place does not lie so much in detail as in broad effects.

The charm of it all, the deathless charm and the astounding veracity!

I knew—I begin to understand him so well—just how he felt the charm of everything.

No other form of verse has, therefore, in so great a degree, the charm of freshness.

The charm that held us to this rough place was the abundance of game.

Nothing can exceed the freshness and charm of our homeward walk.

The music with which we charm the serpents guarding another's treasure.

I wonder how he'd look without it, and if most of the charm would be gone?

But according to Letty he was something superhuman in poise and charm.

With the clash of our spells, no charm can redress our fate.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "incantation, magic charm," from Old French charme (12c.) "magic charm, magic, spell; incantation, song, lamentation," from Latin carmen "song, verse, enchantment, religious formula," from canere "to sing" (see chant (v.)), with dissimilation of -n- to -r- before -m- in intermediate form *canmen (for a similar evolution, see Latin germen "germ," from *genmen). The notion is of chanting or reciting verses of magical power.

Sense of "pleasing quality" evolved 17c. Meaning "small trinket fastened to a watch-chain, etc." first recorded 1865. Quantum physics sense is from 1964. To work like a charm (figuratively) is recorded by 1824.

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