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char·​is·​mat·​ic ˌker-əz-ˈma-tik How to pronounce charismatic (audio)
: having, exhibiting, or based on charisma or charism
charismatic sects
a charismatic leader
: of, relating to, or constituting charisma or charism
charismatic gifts


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

Examples of charismatic in a Sentence

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




First Known Use


circa 1868, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of charismatic was circa 1868

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“Charismatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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