An existence that seems protected by extreme good luck, as in Robert came out of that accident without a scratch; he must lead a charmed life. The adjective charmed once meant “magical,” which is no doubt what Shakespeare had in mind when he used the term in Macbeth (5:8): “Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests, I bear a charmed life, which must not yield To one of woman born.” Later it was extended to anyone who narrowly escaped from danger or was similarly lucky. [Late 1500s]
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How to use charmed life in a sentence
Halfway through his second term, Johnson has enjoyed a charmed life.
In certain ways—perfect-10 body, husband, and overall charmed life aside—she can be just like any other mother.Why Do We Love Gisele Bundchen but Hate Gwyneth Paltrow? | Erin Cunningham | May 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has led a charmed life when it comes to evading the law—until now.Silvio Berlusconi Convicted of Tax Fraud, Banned From Holding Office | Barbie Latza Nadeau | October 26, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Not exactly the charmed life his countrymen imagined he was savoring all those years.
These latest headlines are a crowning act to an already charmed life.
But he seemed to have a charmed life, and, though he plunged into the thick of the fight, he was not even wounded.Napoleon's Young Neighbor | Helen Leah Reed
You thought you bore a charmed life; you thought nothing could kill you.Frank Merriwell's Pursuit | Burt L. Standish
That fish must either bear a charmed life, or else it's ball-proof!Left on Labrador | Charles Asbury Stephens
Once I left him for dead in the Great Woods, but he seemed to have a charmed life and escaped.The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers | Claude A. Labelle
"He must bear a charmed life, or he would have been killed the night he jumped from the New London special," said Frank.Frank Merriwell's Races | Burt L. Standish