Even his compliments are a chance for Juan Pablo to show just how charming he can be.
Sallust is ruthless and charming, a connoisseur of rare wines and rare women.
The charming personality and honesty of “The Scared Is Scared” brings us in close.
It told a simple story, rooted beautifully in a charming human truth.
Meanwhile, Fox has cherrypicked the charming Zooey Deschanel for the unexpected role of sitcom star.
Do you, then, confess that I was not mistaken when I guessed that you were a charming woman?
Thus she ran on; and then wanted me 'to see the charming man,' as she called him.
"You'll find them charming—real thoroughbreds," he saw fit to add.
Yet my man was not half so—so what, my dear—to be sure Lovelace is a charming fellow.
The glass here is limited in extent but very delicate and charming.
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.
A yet stronger power than that of herb or stone lies in the spoken word, and all nations use it both for blessing and cursing. But these, to be effective, must be choice, well knit, rhythmic words (verba concepta), must have lilt and tune; hence all that is strong in the speech wielded by priest, physician, magician, is allied to the forms of poetry. [Jacob Grimm, "Teutonic Mythology" (transl. Stallybrass), 1883]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.
c.1300, "to recite or cast a magic spell," from Old French charmer (13c.) "to enchant, to fill (someone) with desire (for something); to protect, cure, treat; to maltreat, harm," from Late Latin carminare, from Latin carmen (see charm (n.)). In Old French used alike of magical and non-magical activity. In English, "to win over by treating pleasingly, delight" from mid-15c. Related: Charmed; charming. Charmed (short for I am charmed) as a conventional reply to a greeting or meeting is attested by 1825.