charismatic

adjective
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

charismatic

noun
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

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However, Kim Jong Un, a decidedly more charismatic leader than his reclusive father, could follow through. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "A Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul? It would be surreal challenge," 20 Sep. 2018 Jessilyn’s brother, Noah, who ran away on bad terms, is the charismatic leader of a band of Robin Hood-like outlaws and there’s a bounty on his head. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Proving Ground for Men and Storytellers," 16 Aug. 2018 In its world premiere, produced by Haven Theatre and directed by Jo Cattell, the one-act two-hander features charismatic performances by Karen Rodriguez and Rashaad Hall. Marissa Oberlander, Chicago Reader, "In The Displaced, the ghosts of gentrification won't leave a young couple alone," 14 June 2018 But even with a charismatic leader and some progress, Mansion still struggled. Philly.com, "In one Philly neighborhood, critics ask: Is gentrification closing our high school?," 4 June 2018 Cultural concerns aside, Leto gives a quietly charismatic and grounded performance, playing a more conventional action hero for a change. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Slick yakuza thriller 'The Outsider' plants Jared Leto in postwar Japan," 8 Mar. 2018 His charismatic performances in the television debates leading up to the 1996 elections were widely credited as a driving force behind his first electoral win. Washington Post, "Scandals highlight Israeli leader’s media obsession," 19 Feb. 2018 Not everyone enjoyed the tutelage of a charismatic teacher who was part exacting literary conscience, part Pied Piper. The Economist, "Capturing the voice of a brilliant, unorthodox teacher of literature," 28 June 2018 At times these pictures play like a pointed parody of liberal Hollywood pieties, flipping the script so that charismatic teachers and crusading attorneys become the bad guys. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "'God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness' counters stereotypes but remains programmatic," 29 Mar. 2018

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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, chicagotribune.com, "'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

Adjective

circa 1868, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for charismatic

Adjective

charisma

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