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
In fact, mental speed was a stronger contributor to charisma than IQ or personality.
Charisma helped the CEO most when performance was ambiguous.
Ms. May holds one of the highest-profile posts in the British government and is considered the more experienced candidate — serious and competent but lacking charisma.
Combined with a gift for humor, anger lies at the heart of Trump’s charisma.
The Royal Family; when Lady Diana was alive, her style and charisma injected a lot of excitement into the world of hats.
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.
Up to now she's been alone in having the charisma to overcome her clumsiness.
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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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