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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Photo: Everett Collection His contemporary Clint Eastwood (both born in 1930) was as laconic as McQueen, without exuding quite the same charismatic appeal to young and old alike. Peter Cowie, WSJ, "High-Octane Cool," 8 Oct. 2018 Kennedy simply lacks the charismatic appeal of his uncle John F. Kennedy or the political exuberance of his father, Bobby Kennedy. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Lack of exciting Democratic candidates could give us another four years of Rauner," 20 Mar. 2018 The maker of Jeep, Maserati and Fiat 500 abruptly lost its charismatic CEO Sergio Marchionne who died last July at a Swiss hospital. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "The Renault Deal Is Dead, But Fiat Chrysler Still Desperately Needs a Partner," 7 June 2019 Wijnaldum then gets his own chant, with the charismatic Depay clearly loving his role as the leader of the celebrations. SI.com, "Netherlands Squad Celebrate Virgil van Dijk & Georginio Wijnaldum's Champions League Glory," 4 June 2019 The statement marble fireplace, glossy green ceiling, and trademark Hollywood Regency vibe was a stark departure from the originally drab space, and reflected both the couple and designer’s charismatic energy. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "See the Dramatic Reveal from the Best Room Wins Series Premiere," 2 May 2019 Carneh is a charismatic man with a gift for storytelling. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Students who beat steep odds credit Washington educators who wouldn’t give up on them," 4 Feb. 2019 Edward is referred to only as the King (the charismatic baritone Stéphane Degout); his heir is the Boy (the tenor Samuel Boden); Edward’s wife, Queen Isabella, is Isabel (the expressive and riveting soprano Barbara Hannigan). New York Times, "Review: A Long-Awaited New Opera Is a Raucous Beauty," 11 May 2018 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

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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