char·​is·​mat·​ic | \ˌker-əz-ˈma-tik, ˌka-rəz-\

Definition of charismatic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having, exhibiting, or based on charisma or charism charismatic sects a charismatic leader

2 : of, relating to, or constituting charisma or charism charismatic gifts


plural charismatics

Definition of charismatic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a member of a religious group or movement that stresses the seeking of direct divine inspiration and charisms (such as glossolalia or healing)

2 : a person who possesses special traits that attract, inspire, or fascinate other people : a person possessing charisma One of those people like Teddy Roosevelt or Mick Jagger. He was just one of those great charismatics who turned heads and dominated a room.— Dan Aykroyd

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Examples of charismatic in a Sentence


He is a charismatic leader. the cult's charismatic leader had managed to persuade seemingly rational people to obey him blindly

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Keith Urban, 50, is celebrated for his award-winning singing, red carpet looks and charismatic personality. Fox News, "Keith Urban facts: 7 things you didn't know about the country music icon," 13 July 2018 That's not good news for the UFC business model, especially as interest in the sport is arguably so intertwined with the charismatic McGregor. James Masters, CNN, "Conor McGregor: UFC star was 'born with fists clenched'," 6 Apr. 2018 Steve Lift is charismatic, passionate, arguably brilliant. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Has an Eerily Familiar Villain," 10 July 2018 Syriza, the radical left-wing party with a charismatic leader, Alexis Tsipras, promised to roll back austerity in the Aegean, while successfully navigating complicated bail-out negotiations in Brussels. The Economist, "Why Labour is obsessed with Greek politics," 28 June 2018 Initially the outlandish characters are bizarre, if hilarious, but each performer makes them memorable, especially Chris Webber as the charismatic and coiffed Preacher. Katie Walsh, kansascity, "In ‘Uncle Drew,’ NBA greats bring moves and charm to basketball underdog comedy," 28 June 2018 For a charismatic evangelist like Sister [Aimee] McPherson, Los Angeles in the late 1910s offered particularly fertile ground. Gary Krist, Los Angeles Magazine, "Why a Legendary East Coast Evangelist Chose Los Angeles for Her Pentecostal Empire," 7 May 2018 On a sunny afternoon at Scoville Park in Oak Park, family and friends told of his charismatic presence and his infectious smile and laugh. Deborah Kadin,, "'He should still be alive today': In Oak Park, vigil honors man who died after attempted hanging while in police custody," 6 May 2018 On Wednesday, before a joint session of of Congress, the charismatic French leader turned around and repudiated the US President's political philosophy and worldview. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "After the hugs and kisses, Macron rips Trumpism," 25 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That went along with praying for healing, casting out devils, and speaking in tongues, which are more accepted practices among Pentecostals and charismatics today. Julia Duin, WSJ, "Christian Serpent-Handlers Protect Us All," 12 July 2018 Moorhead and Benson may not be movie-star charismatic in the lead roles, but the bond between them is palpable, delivering just the dynamic the movie needs. Peter Debruge,, "'The Endless' review: Brothers revisit their childhood cult in search for meaning," 19 Apr. 2018 Moore shows off her comic chops as the Happy Daysified supervillain, and Pascal is a charismatic onscreen presence even if his Texan accent occasionally falters. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "Kingsman: The Golden Circle Is More Farce Than Satire," 22 Sep. 2017 In Bernthal’s Castle, the franchise already has one charismatic, haunted antihero to enact his personal code on the world. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Defenders Proves Heroes Aren't Enough," 24 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of charismatic


circa 1868, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1951, in the meaning defined above

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