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charismatic

adjective char·is·mat·ic \ ˌker-əz-ˈma-tik , ˌka-rəz- \
|Updated on: 24 Jun 2018

Definition of charismatic

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

Examples of charismatic in a Sentence

  1. He is a charismatic leader.

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

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Origin and Etymology of charismatic

charisma


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charismatic

noun

Definition of charismatic

plural charismatics
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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First Known Use of charismatic

1951

in the meaning defined above

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