: a personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty or enthusiasm for a public figure (as a political leader)
: a special magnetic charm or appeal <the charisma of a popular actor>
Examples of CHARISMA
- The candidate was lacking in charisma.
- His success is largely due to his charisma.
Origin of CHARISMA
Greek, favor, gift, from charizesthai
to favor, from charis
grace; akin to Greek chairein
to rejoice — more at yearn
First Known Use: 1930
Related to CHARISMA
- allure, animal magnetism, appeal, attractiveness, captivation, charm, duende, enchantment, fascination, force field, glamour (also glamor), magic, magnetism, oomph, pizzazz (or pizazz), seductiveness, witchery
- repulsion, repulsiveness
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