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 The 2018 Ohio State football team — despite (and because of) its charismatic stars and explosive, big-play potential on both sides of the ball — does not know fourth-quarter drama. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "If Ohio State football faces another fourth-quarter challenge against Penn State, are the Buckeyes ready? Friday Focus," 22 Nov. 2019 Marco Tzunux is charismatic and likable as Jack Kelly, the dreamer/realist who unifies the newsies to strike. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Extra! Extra! Read all about it! 'Newsies' cast raises the roof at Skylight Music Theatre," 16 Nov. 2019 Indeed, Yasgur was neither a guitar god nor a charismatic front man. Ray Cavanaugh, Time, "Max Yasgur Rented Out His Farm for Woodstock. His Neighbors Sued Him," 14 Aug. 2019 The documentary is a natural platform for the two mega-famous rappers, who are charismatic and convincing, even when subdued. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Free Meek and the Tricky Role of Celebrity Activism," 9 Aug. 2019 The other, totally different, was the party chief, Zhao Ziyang, a seeming liberal through and through, a suave, charismatic man who wore Western suits. The Economist, "Obituary: Li Peng died on July 22nd," 25 July 2019 Both Blas and Weeks are quick-talking, charismatic. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "There’s a global movement of Facebook vigilantes who hunt pedophiles," 24 July 2019 The uncanny little boy; the charismatic, slightly mournful young man; the shape-shifting child-man-woman-cyborg-extraterrestrial. Margo Jefferson, Harper's magazine, "Lost Boy," 24 June 2019 Prayers for similar resurrections are more common among charismatic and Pentecostal worshippers in African countries than in the United States, according to Sánchez-Walsh. NBC News, "'Come out of that grave in Jesus' name': California church prays to resurrect girl," 20 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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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The first known use of charismatic was circa 1868

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7 Jan 2020

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“Charismatic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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