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

Todd was an incredibly charismatic person, full of life. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Man, 48, Is Mysteriously Found Dead in a Beer Cooler at Atlanta Braves Baseball Stadium," 28 June 2018 Sliding on his knees across the grass, Suarez finished up his moment of self-congratulation with an exuberant shimmy, leading some online to bring out comparisons with famously charismatic performer Freddie Mercury. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Uruguayan Soccer Player's Post-Goal Dance Has All the Right Moves," 25 June 2018 The same thing that has always happened with a quarterback who's too skilled to be a true underdog, too short to be a sure thing, too emotional to be completely trusted, too charismatic to be a bad guy and and too confident to be denied. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland.com, "Baker Mayfield, sneaking up on the football world again: NFL Draft 2018," 26 Apr. 2018 Williamson is a charismatic delight, seemingly unburdened by the pressures that come with early athletic superstardom. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Yikes, His Nikes! Zion Williamson’s Sneaker Disaster," 21 Feb. 2019 Its charismatic founders are gone, the press is waking up to some long-simmering issues there, and there’s an increasing sense among a certain elite that looking at the app all the time is bad for you. Casey Newton, The Verge, "22 predictions for social media in 2019," 15 Dec. 2018 Based on the hit podcast of the same name, the series stars Connie Britton and Eric Bana in a story about how a romance with a charismatic man spiraled out of control with denial manipulation, deceit, and its consequences on an entire family. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "This 'Dirty John' Episode Seven Clip Gives You a Peek Into John's Head," 5 Jan. 2019 There are other schools in other states that don’t have [to contend with] a charismatic, swaggering CEO, so the dynamic is very different. Sean Illing, Vox, "How corporate cash bought higher education," 14 Nov. 2018 As Andrew Cunanan, the darkly charismatic and deeply disturbed man who killed Gianni Versace, Darren Criss is the unquestionable star of the show. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "In The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Darren Criss Finally Found His Killer Performance," 22 Jan. 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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