charisma

noun cha·ris·ma \ kə-ˈriz-mə \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

  1. The candidate was lacking in charisma.

  2. His success is largely due to his 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.

Origin and Etymology of charisma

Greek, favor, gift, from charizesthai to favor, from charis grace; akin to Greek chairein to rejoice — more at yearn



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