char·​ism | \ ˈker-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce charism (audio) , ˈka-ˌri- \
plural charismata\ kə-​ˈriz-​mə-​tə How to pronounce charism (audio) ; ˌker-​iz-​ˈmä-​tə How to pronounce charism (audio) , ˌka-​riz-​ \ or charisms

Definition of charism

: 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 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, "Pope tightens oversight on creation of new religious orders," 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,, "St. Frances football to play national schedule this fall, issues joint statement with Calvert Hall," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of charism

circa 1641, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for charism

Greek charisma

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“Charism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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