charismatic

adjective
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

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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Shields is charismatic, making fans and friends out of A-listers such as actress Halle Berry. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Shields wants to lift women’s boxing into mainstream," 12 Apr. 2019 Karadima had been a charismatic preacher with connections to some of Chile's elite. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "2 more Chilean bishops are out as pope cleans house," 28 June 2018 Karadima had been a charismatic preacher with connections to some of Chile’s elite. Washington Post, "2 more Chilean bishops are out as pope cleans house," 28 June 2018 Karadima had been a charismatic preacher with connections to some of Chile’s elite. Frances D’emilio, BostonGlobe.com, "2 more Chilean bishops are out as pope cleans house," 28 June 2018 Vardakostas is charismatic and creative, Hughes says, while Frehn is grounded and practical. Lauren Smiley, WIRED, "The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot," 21 June 2018 Eric Kunze is charismatic and strong-voiced as the American architect, Sam Carmichael, who left her two decades earlier. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "'Mamma Mia!' at the Walnut: Despite the clichés, lighthearted fun," 24 May 2018 Evangelical Christians everywhere paused for a moment Wednesday when word spread that charismatic preacher Billy Graham had died at age 99. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "New Orleans pastors remember Billy Graham's post-Katrina visit," 22 Feb. 2018 As Jaden, the talented and charismatic Jordan looks and acts like a real kid, at once self-absorbed and recklessly passionate. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Review: Awkward father-son bonding lacks punch in modest 'Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter'," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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