char·​is·​mat·​ic | \ ˌker-əz-ˈma-tik How to pronounce charismatic (audio) , 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective What a charismatic and iconic feature of our landscapes. Forrest Brown, CNN, 7 May 2022 At ease in front of the camera, charismatic and articulate, creators are perfectly placed to take advantage of other technological shifts such as the growth in livestreaming. Catherine Erdly, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 The early chapters of the book continue in much the same way — a young Will, naturally charismatic and eccentric, takes on the role of family entertainer to save his mother, himself and everyone else. New York Times, 10 Feb. 2022 Alex Lowe remains a strappingly charismatic figure in plentiful archival footage here. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 3 Dec. 2021 Its downfall has also pulled back the curtain on some open secrets of the digital media industry that Ozy managed to exploit — and Watson, the charismatic figure at the center of it, seemed to revel in the attention. Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2021 His firebrand past dissolved as age and illness took its toll on the once-charismatic figure. NBC News, 18 Sep. 2021 Or the unlikely love story between between John Dean and his more charismatic, liberal-leaning wife Mo (Betty Gilpin), who freely admits to having hated him at first sight. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Apr. 2022 Oyelowo, similarly precise, is a terrifyingly charismatic and quiet authoritarian. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 11 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pop Smoke was a gnomic figure with a rich, booming voice; Fivio is less enigmatic but more entertaining, a charismatic and sometimes witty host who wants to keep everyone happy. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 The Satmar dynasty was founded by the charismatic and indefatigably quarrelsome Joel Teitelbaum, who was born in 1887 in a region of Eastern Europe that was, in the course of his life, traded between Hungary and Romania. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, 23 Feb. 2022 Imagine a brain like mine, filled with images of a charismatic but sometimes sick child, storing links between mutations and related diseases, gathering disappointment and sadness (but then joy) at every turn. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2022 The surrealist drama focuses on a bayou community outside the levee system, threatened by an impending storm, and the charismatic and the children who live there. Essence, 2 Dec. 2021 Assita Kanko, a charismatic and up-and-coming Member of the European Parliament for Belgium, has been speaking out on television and social media for keeping all of Belgium’s nuclear plants operating. Michael Shellenberger, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 His charismatic — albeit one-dimensional — media trainer, Jack, tells him that the most successful stories are those without any real drama. Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2021 In a 2018 paper, Courchamp worked to quantify the qualities that make an animal charismatic, awarding points for being beautiful, impressive, endangered, cute, dangerous and rare. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 7 May 2021 In contrast to that jubilant event, the funeral for the charismatic and at times cantankerous prince will be somber and scaled down due, in part, to coronavirus restrictions. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 17 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of charismatic


circa 1868, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Charismatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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