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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rare personal quality attributed to leaders who arouse fervent popular devotion and enthusiasm.
  • n. Personal magnetism or charm: a television news program famed for the charisma of its anchors.
  • n. Christianity An extraordinary power, such as the ability to perform miracles, granted by the Holy Spirit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Personal charm or magnetism
  • n. An extraordinary power granted by the Holy Spirit
  • n. The ability to influence without the use of logic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as charism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a personal attractiveness or interestingness that enables you to influence others

Etymologies

Greek kharisma, divine favor, from kharizesthai, to favor, from kharis, favor; see gher-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek χάρισμα (khárisma, "grace, favour, gift"), from χαρίζομαι (kharízomai, "I show favor"), from χάρις (kháris, "grace"), from χαίρω (khaírō, "I am happy"). (Wiktionary)

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