char·​ism | \ ˈker-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce charism (audio) , ˈka-ˌri- \
plural charismata\ kə-​ˈriz-​mə-​tə How to pronounce charismata (audio) ; ˌker-​iz-​ˈmä-​tə How to pronounce charismata (audio) , ˌka-​riz-​ \ or charisms

Definition of charism

: an extraordinary power (as of healing) given a Christian by the Holy Spirit for the good of the church

Examples of charism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our charisms based on Oblate foundress, Mother Mary Lange and Christian Brothers founder, John Baptiste de La Salle have served generations of students here in Baltimore, throughout the United States and around the world. Katherine Dunn,, "St. Frances football to play national schedule this fall, issues joint statement with Calvert Hall," 6 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'charism.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of charism

circa 1641, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for charism

Greek charisma

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about charism

Time Traveler for charism

Time Traveler

The first known use of charism was circa 1641

See more words from the same year

Statistics for charism

Cite this Entry

“Charism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on charism

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with charism

Comments on charism

What made you want to look up charism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!