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

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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 At the center of the story is Lydia, a middle-class bookstore owner from Acapulco; life is good until her husband, an investigative journalist, writes a profile of a cartel boss who happens to be a charismatic regular at her shop. Lila Shapiro, Vulture, "Blurbed to Death," 5 Jan. 2021 It’s the two decades that its charismatic and seemingly indefatigable subject, Sibil Fox Richardson, spent working toward the release of her husband, Robert Richardson, from the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Steve Dollar, Los Angeles Times, "A fight against the justice system gets deeply emotional in ‘Time’," 4 Jan. 2021 Brady provides a charismatic rat-father for Remy, and the more screen time accorded Mary Testa, as a cantankerous Gallic cook, the better. Washington Post, "Judy and Mickey would have loved the TikTok ‘Ratatouille’ — 2021’s answer to ‘Let’s put on a show!’," 2 Jan. 2021 Living with her mother in Pacific Palisades, Jeanie longed for more time with her father, a colorful, charismatic figure who was known for his business savvy, poker playing and place in the scene at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, "Lady of the Lakers," 2 Jan. 2021 Many have cited his macho-man appeal and his charismatic personality as reasons for his Latino support; who knows if it can be duplicated by whoever ends up being the next Republican nominee. Geraldo Cadava, The New Yorker, "The Deep Origins of Latino Support for Trump," 29 Dec. 2020 While low taxes and good weather help, Suarez thinks that charismatic messaging will bring Bay Area exiles to Florida. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Escape from Silicon Valley," 28 Dec. 2020 The one exception is Billy, a charismatic Midwesterner who sees promise in his classmate’s pages. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "The Best Books Vogue Editors Read in 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 The smart and charismatic quarterback the team hopes will evolve into a franchise quarterback has overseen a 5-2 record as a starter. Omar Kelly,, "Kelly: Dolphins rookies have makings of a solid foundation of contributors | Commentary," 24 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shares of the Palo Alto, Calif., company are up 687% this year and set a record Friday, creating scores of millionaires who had bet heavily on the company and its charismatic and sometimes controversial chief executive, Elon Musk. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Tesla Stock Slides on First Day of Trading in S&P 500," 21 Dec. 2020 Yet for half a century, fellow charismatics have hailed Olson as an idol. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019 As a signal boost, on Thursday night Lil Nas X issued a new remix, this one featuring charismatic rapper Young Thug and viral yodeling tyke Mason Ramsey. Randall Roberts,, "Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish enlist array of stars in all-out race for No. 1," 12 July 2019 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


1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jan 2021

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“Charismatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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