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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Charmer  \Charm"er\,  n. 
  1.  One  who  charms,  or  has  power  to  charm;  one  who  uses  the 
  power  of  enchantment;  a  magician.  --Deut.  xviii.  11. 
 
  2.  One  who  delights  and  attracts  the  affections. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  charmer 
  n  1:  someone  with  an  assured  and  ingratiating  manner  [syn:  {smoothie}, 
  {smoothy},  {sweet  talker}] 
  2:  a  person  who  charms  others  (usually  by  personal 
  attractiveness) 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Charmer 
  one  who  practises  serpent-charming  (Ps.  58:5;  Jer.  8:17;  Eccl. 
  10:11).  It  was  an  early  and  universal  opinion  that  the  most 
  venomous  reptiles  could  be  made  harmless  by  certain  charms  or  by 
  sweet  sounds.  It  is  well  known  that  there  are  jugglers  in  India 
  and  in  other  Eastern  lands  who  practise  this  art  at  the  present 
  day 
 
  In  Isa.  19:3  the  word  charmers"  is  the  rendering  of  the 
  Hebrew  _'ittim_,  meaning,  properly,  necromancers  (R.V.  marg., 
  "whisperers").  In  Deut.  18:11  the  word  charmer"  means  a  dealer 
  in  spells,  especially  one  who  by  binding  certain  knots,  was 
  supposed  thereby  to  bind  a  curse  or  a  blessing  on  its  object.  In 
  Isa.  3:3  the  words  "eloquent  orator"  should  be  as  in  the 
  Revised  Version,  "skilful  enchanter." 
 




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