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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As political praxis, Prubechu is highly effective and charismatic. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Prubechu’s Guamanian cuisine is multifaceted and complicated," 13 Feb. 2020 The loss of a popular and charismatic manager was a devastating blow. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Spring training will offer a welcome diversion after the Red Sox’ offseason of discontent," 9 Feb. 2020 Many Twitter users commented on how entertaining and charismatic the performance was. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Deaf Artist's National Anthem Interpretation Is Required Viewing for the Super Bowl 2020," 3 Feb. 2020 The Arab parties in the Knesset, led by Ayman Odeh, a charismatic lawyer from Haifa and the leader of Hadash, were galvanized into a new unity. Jo-ann Mort, The New York Review of Books, "The Trump–Netanyahu Plan to Force Arab Population Transfer," 3 Feb. 2020 Guided by a rebellious and charismatic coach, British ski jumper Michael ``Eddie’’ Edwards trains for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 Good looking and charismatic, Bundy often targeted women on college campuses, feigning injury to gain their trust. Maryann Struman, Detroit Free Press, "Remembering Ted Bundy's Michigan victim ahead of ABC's 20/20 documentary," 31 Jan. 2020 Jimmy Garoppolo is a winning, charismatic quarterback. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "History of the 49ers," 30 Jan. 2020 Rupertus, in his 22 years, has taught many bright, ethical, charismatic kids. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski always stood out during his days in Philadelphia, even when he wasn’t trying to stand out," 29 Jan. 2020 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, latimes.com, "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, 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

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for charismatic

Adjective

charisma

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The first known use of charismatic was circa 1868

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18 Feb 2020

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“Charismatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charismatic?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=charis05. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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