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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHARMS

But yet with all their charms I am still loyal to my own White Hart.

They are enchanted by other charms, and lulled into dangerous repose by other music!

He relies on his muscles and not on his charms, for support.

The Duke's song, independent totally of his dukeship, charms me.

The conjurer is employed to work his charms to keep off the evil ones.

And such was the sleep of Theodora: she was young and replete with charms, and, alas!

His eye was struck with the charms of her person, and the amiableness of her manners.

Eagerly he gazes on her charms; in thought he devours her inexpressive beauties.

The charms of Imogen had been in turn heightened with joy, and mellowed with distress.

But can there be any charms at an entertainment, at which you are not present?

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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