Definition of charisma
1 : a personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty or enthusiasm for a public figure (as a political leader) His success was largely due to his charisma.
2 : a special magnetic charm or appeal the charisma of a popular actor
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Examples of charisma in a sentence
The candidate was lacking in charisma.
His success is largely due to his charisma.
Recent Examples of charisma from the web
Conceitedness and charisma can be easily confused in the wrong light.
But for five decades, Howard Johnson has handled his horn with a quiet charisma, even emerging from the shadows on occasion to seize a leading role.
To talk with him is to be held in a tractor beam of pure charisma.
Charisma like that of Mr. Chávez or Mr. Trump is also a symptom.
But Mr. Chávez’s parable is also a cautionary tale about voters’ vulnerability to the spell of charisma and media banality.
In fact, mental speed was a stronger contributor to charisma than IQ or personality.
Lindsted saw an undersized, moderately athletic youngster with a good shot but, above all, charisma.
Few, if any, had the free-spirited charisma of Stabler, a longhaired, left-handed quarterback from Alabama who personified the renegade Oakland Raiders in the 1970s.
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Did You Know?
The Greek word charisma means "favor" or "gift." In English, it has been used in Christian contexts since about 1640 to refer to a gift or power bestowed upon an individual by the Holy Spirit for the good of the Church. (This sense is now very rare.) The earliest nonreligious use of "charisma" that we know of occurred in a German text, a 1922 publication by sociologist Max Weber. The sense began appearing in English contexts shortly after Weber’s work was published.
Origin and Etymology 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
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