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CHARM

In general, the power to allure or draw or fascinate. Specifically any object that when worn or carried on one's person is believed to ward off evil or ensure good fortune. Charms can also be words or gestures believed to have the same power. To charm, therefore, means to cast a spell upon or influence someone beyond the ordinary powers of nature. As a form of superstition, charms are sinful. As a part of animism, they are the same as amulets and belong to the same category as witchcraft.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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