Synonyms & Antonyms of charm

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1 something worn or kept to bring good luck or keep away evil
  • an old cap that I use as a charm for whenever I play softball

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2 the power of irresistible attraction
  • a young singer with the kind of charm that turns a performer into a star

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3 a spoken word or set of words believed to have magic power
  • recited a charm to make the prince fall in love with her

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4 an ornament worn on a chain around the neck or wrist
  • a dangling charm in the figure of a horse on her bracelet

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Synonyms & Antonyms of charm (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to attract or delight as if by magic
  • a quaint seaside village that charms all who visit it

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2 to cast a spell on
  • in one version of the tale, it is a vengeful fairy who charms Sleeping Beauty so that she falls into a sleep for a hundred years

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Frequently Asked Questions About charm

How is the word charm different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of charm are allure, attract, captivate, enchant, and fascinate. While all these words mean "to draw another by exerting a powerful influence," charm implies the power of casting a spell over the person or thing affected and so compelling a response, but it may, like captivate, suggest no more than evoking delight or admiration.

charmed by their hospitality

her performances captivated audiences

When could allure be used to replace charm?

Although the words allure and charm have much in common, allure implies an enticing by what is fair, pleasing, or seductive.

an alluring smile

When can attract be used instead of charm?

The words attract and charm are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, attract applies to any degree or kind of ability to exert influence over another.

students attracted by the school's locale

When might enchant be a better fit than charm?

While in some cases nearly identical to charm, enchant is perhaps the strongest of these terms in stressing the appeal of the agent and the degree of delight evoked in the subject.

hopelessly enchanted by her beauty

When would fascinate be a good substitute for charm?

The synonyms fascinate and charm are sometimes interchangeable, but fascinate suggests a magical influence and tends to stress the ineffectiveness of attempts to resist.

a story that continues to fascinate children

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The first known use of charm was in the 13th century

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“Charm.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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