char·​ism ˈker-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce charism (audio)
plural charismata kə-ˈriz-mə-tə How to pronounce charism (audio) ˌker-iz-ˈmä-tə How to pronounce charism (audio)
or charisms
: 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 Their charism is about letting people know they are loved. Nr Editors, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 The new law says greater Vatican oversight was necessary to ensure the new orders meet the criteria of having a unique charism, or founding spirit, and to prevent unsustainably small communities from sprouting up in diocese after diocese. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, 4 Nov. 2020 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,, 6 June 2018

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Word History


Greek charisma

First Known Use

1587, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of charism was in 1587

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Cite this Entry

“Charism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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