noun cha·ris·ma \kə-ˈriz-mə\

: a special charm or appeal that causes people to feel attracted and excited by someone (such as a politican)

Full Definition of CHARISMA

:  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

  1. The candidate was lacking in charisma.
  2. 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

Rhymes with CHARISMA


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