Definition of charisma
1 : a personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty or enthusiasm for a public figure (such 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
Eastwood built upon his movie-star charisma as well as the violence associated with it to convey the dark fascination the women felt toward his character.
His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.
The draft order one through four broke as expected, leaving Sacramento in position to select Fox, the class’s leader in charisma and a freak athlete with the potential to be the face of a team.
The real star is Boutella, whose own charisma quickly overpowers her co-stars.
Barnett will test his culinary skills and charisma on camera, facing judges Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis.
Former classmate Dorothy Callahan says his brains and charisma were as strong as his strides.
As human personality characteristics go, willpower is about as useful and clinically measurable as charisma, gusto or stick-to-itiveness.
And what viewer wants to endure a cooking show with a host who lacks charisma?
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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.
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